Personal responsibility and consumer choice are solutions heralded by conservatives and liberals alike--the idea being that ultimately good health comes down to what we choose to buy and eat. But it's not that simple.
The collective reaction to Paula Deen's diabetes announcement tells us much about our attitude toward health and nutrition. Of course nobody is shocked at the news, but many commentators missed an opportunity to make a bigger point.
The fact is, medical crises jeopardize careers every day. Some people make wise decisions, others make foolish ones. And none of these choices are ever easy.
Pretending that food doesn't matter to health is at best denial, at worst a serious delusion. We should not mortgage health to pay for culinary delight, any more than we should give up culinary pleasure to purchase health. We can love food that loves us back.
Paula Deen has a golden opportunity to send a very important message to this country, if she wants to join the fight against diabetes in a truly authentic way.
Of course, there are cases of diabetes that need medication, but Paula, why don't we work together to show people that there are other ways to control it?
Paula is now suffering from the popular perception that money bought her new-found honesty. If money was her motivator, sadly, she missed what would have been a whole grain-fed cash cow.
Could Deen's diabetes diagnosis act as a wake up call to those in denial about the relationship between what you eat and your health?
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The blogosphere was thrumming about whether the Food Network's down-home Southern queen, Paula Deen, has Type 2 diabetes. Yes, by now you know she does.
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