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Report: Paula Deen to reveal she has diabetes

Paula Deen posed for this photo with Dantanna's Chef Tim Mastalski during her October visit to Atlanta.

Paula Deen posed for this photo with Dantanna's Chef Tim Mastalski during her October visit to Atlanta.

Food Network personality and cookbook author Paula Deen has type II diabetes and will soon go public with her condition, according to a report on The Daily website.

The butter-loving Savannah chef is not responding to questions about the report. Her most recent tweets include a links to a ham and bean soup recipe and question asking followers about their favorite Super Bowl recipes, although one recent tweet mentions a workout and includes a link to a photo of her on the treadmill.

(The Food Network’s most recent tweet, by the way:  “Get the best price of the season on @Paula_Deen’s Everything Pan http://ow.ly/8sQyl.”)

The Daily report quotes an anonymous source saying Deen is “going to have to start cooking healthier recipes,” and will soon become the celebrity endorser for a pharmaceutical company. (The company also did not respond to questions.) Sources also muse about whether Deen’s Savannah restaurant will axe Paula’s Brunch Burger – a fried egg and bacon on a burger served on donuts instead of a bun – from the menu.

Deen’s affinity for rich ingredients has drawn the ire of some foodies, notably celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who once told TV Guide Deen was “the worst, most dangerous person to America.” His most recent comment regarding Deen came via Twitter on Thursday, in response to another tweeter who evidently asked about Bourdain’s criticism of Deen: “Making fun of Paula Deen has nothing to do with ‘macho’ and everything to do with common sense,” Bourdain tweeted. (It seemed like a par-for-the-course comment from him, not a joke about her illness).

Deen’s 2011 cookbook, “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,” which she called her “proudest achievement so far,” made it to the list of Five Worst Cookbooks of 2011 by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

“Deen’s cookbook includes such nutrition bombs as Hot Buffalo Wings. A single serving of three wings contain 910 calories and 85 grams of fat,” the organization said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the PCRM noted that Deen “is the only chef who has made it into the list twice over the last three years with her high-fat recipes that raise the risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.”

Deen’s supposed diabetes is burning up Twitter right now. “Paula Deen” is a top trending topic. We’ll keep an eye out for any response directly from her.

Deen comes to Atlanta pretty regularly for promotional events. She was here in October for a book signing at the BJ’s wholesale club in Woodstock, and showed up at the Dantanna’s in Buckhead during her visit. She ordered the “Buffalo Trace Bourbon BBQ Giant Beef Rib” menu item, along with potato salad and chicken wings. She apparently raved about the potato salad, saying only her own recipe is better, and had the Krispy Kreme bread pudding for dessert.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

153 comments Add your comment

Jamie Deen

January 13th, 2012
11:12 am

Paula Deen is the opposite of butter face.

Kharma

January 13th, 2012
11:19 am

Well, it seems that while she was criticizing the First Lady for advocating healthy eating habits, her own poor diet and obesity has caught up with her. Kharma is truly awful isn’t it.

Dee Andrews

January 13th, 2012
11:23 am

It is sad she has diabetes but surely she must have known the types of food she consumes would lead to this. The sad part is there are alot of people that follow her recipes….they too are in danger of contracting diabetes if they have not already. Sad, sad

Donna P.

January 13th, 2012
11:24 am

Paula is not obese. She looks like a healthy weight for her age. It could be hereditary. I’m sure everyone will blame “Southern” food for this diagnosis. Even people who eat healthy and workout can get diabetes.

Sammy

January 13th, 2012
11:26 am

Man, I just want to become as rude as you so I will. Have you ever heard her interview? She talks about how she cant eat all the foods she cooks because they are unhealthy. Why she cooks them I dont know but apparently a lot of people love her food and its not her fault they eat it. You mentioned Karma is awful yet you named yourself that which may be obvious. You are a dork!! What a neat lady. I cant comment on what she said about the First Lady, I can just comment on your own stupidness. Wish I had more to do today than to sit her and type this, but I can not sit around and let your own moronic insults sit there. Ah I feel better. Have a beautiful butter saturated day!

I'm so dumb

January 13th, 2012
11:29 am

OKAY YA’LL! Plop in 8 tablespoons of butter…lets make that 16 tablespoons. That’s what I call ‘good Southern cuisine’! You only live once I tell ya!

imjustduckie

January 13th, 2012
11:29 am

^ @DonnaP O_o really? does anybody who watched her show, read her books REALLY think that it’s not her diet?

I'm so dumb

January 13th, 2012
11:31 am

The first post is a classic! HAHAHAHA!

Ugh

January 13th, 2012
11:37 am

I would love to meet you people who post these vitriolic commentaries on what you think is true. I feel safe in assuming that the first poster is overweight, unattractive, jealous and downright miserable. What a pack of overly critical losers.

Jimmy Dean

January 13th, 2012
11:40 am

“Butter Face” … That was classic!

Fun Size

January 13th, 2012
11:40 am

Sorry to hear she is ill, just because she cooks fattening stuff does not mean she eats it all. She seems like a nice lady, the nutrition nazis need to lay off. We are all responsible for what goes into our bodies. Every thing in moderation, folks….

Donna P you better look again

January 13th, 2012
11:40 am

Donna P if you think Paula is not obese you better look or get your eyes and your head examined…..she is FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT!!!!!!! About time her crappy cooking caught up with her.

Linda

January 13th, 2012
11:41 am

For anyone who reads the National Enquirer, this “news” was out months ago about her having diabetes. Having said that, there are extremely lean people who can have diabetes, Mary Tyler Moore is an example. Diabetes also runs in families and you can be thin and still have the predisposition for this. My husband has diabetes as do other members in his family, wears a medium shirt, is not obese but is extremely vigiligent about his food intake and has said for some time Paula’s food was extremely unhealthy. He never fries food, looks for a sugar content on the labels, stays away from fast foods, knowing the pitfals of not paying attention to your diet when you have this.

joeybiten

January 13th, 2012
11:41 am

Kharma, you’re disgusting…pure and simple

Donna P.

January 13th, 2012
11:42 am

The Mayo Clinic has a great article online regarding diabetes. It states that people with Type 2 diabetes aren’t always overweight or obese.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/DS01121/DSECTION=causes

linda

January 13th, 2012
11:44 am

Boy, this is a shock. Really.

Steve

January 13th, 2012
11:45 am

@ Donna P. If not obese, she definitively is overweight. My thing with her is she should not be allowed on TV due to her language. “Southern” is not English. Her “yaw” is disguisting.

Donna P.

January 13th, 2012
11:47 am

@Steve, have you ever been to the New England states where they say “wicked awesome” and can’t pronouce the letters A or R correctly?

Fun Size

January 13th, 2012
11:48 am

All the haters posting here are probably hungry!!

Duh

January 13th, 2012
11:55 am

Donna P., of course not all people who have diabetes are overweight. MOST are because of poor lifestyle choices. You must a big fan of the ‘I’m not fat, I’m big boned’ argument also.

Valerie

January 13th, 2012
12:05 pm

I hope she gets it together. She will have to change her eating habits!

Have another stick of butter with that Fatty Dean

January 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

Hey while you are at it, have another stick of butter with your diabetes there Fatty Dean!

Hate all whiners

January 13th, 2012
12:10 pm

I see the food police are out in force here. Who cares what she cooks or what she eats. If you dont want to eat a hamburger with fried eggs and a doughnut bun…..Don’t! Get over yourselves!

MR164

January 13th, 2012
12:11 pm

These comments have made my day. LMAO

shaggy

January 13th, 2012
12:22 pm

“Paula’s Brunch Burger – a fried egg and bacon on a burger served on donuts instead of a bun – from the menu.”

My heart hid behind my pancreas after I read about that monstrosity. I had to promise “thumper” that I would never feed that to him, or he wasn’t coming back.

Hate all whiners

January 13th, 2012
12:25 pm

I dont care if you eat a stick of butter encased in lard, sandwiched between 2 McRib sandwiches and sprinkled with powder sugar. That’s your business. If your heart explodes after eating it….that’s your business as well. Bon Appetit!

Loopy Lupus guy!

January 13th, 2012
12:25 pm

@ Linda: Mary Tyler Moore has type 1 diabetes- which, like Lupus, is a chronic automimmune desease with no cure. From Wiki: “Most people who develop type 1 are otherwise healthy Although the cause of type 1 diabetes is still not fully understood, it is believed to be of immunological origin.:

This not the same as type 2 Diabetes- which is usually attributed to lifestyle and obesity: From wiki: The primary cause of type 2 diabetes is obesity in someone who is genetically predisposed. Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90% of cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is initially managed by increasing exercise and dietary modification.”

Mr Fernwell

January 13th, 2012
12:27 pm

Best wishes Paula! Hope you stay well!!

shaggy

January 13th, 2012
12:29 pm

Steve,

It’s OK, we think you sound like a nasal, moron, and I will take a sweet southern gal saying “y’all” any day, over a nasty, guttural “you’se guys” spoken by your gals.

Sayitaintso

January 13th, 2012
12:32 pm

You can have a blog topic about today’s weather is cold and sunny…….the first poster will probably say he/she HATES sunny and cold.

Hate and anger will probably kill you quicker than diabetes.

k

January 13th, 2012
12:33 pm

Most of these posters have no idea what they are talking about. Pure cream, real butter, and meat, cheese and eggs are 100% proteen. You can develop a cholesterol problem. Diabetes is a problem with processing SUGAR and CARBS. The doughnut is a problem. All ROOTS and GRAINS are carb problem (Carrots, Potatoes, Breads). Knowing this, limiting the carbs, and near 0 sugar, we have turned things around for my wife, and today she is no longer Insulin dependant.

GWINNETTCHICK

January 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

All of your physicians may need to start pre-med all over again. I know MANY kids who are definitely within their appropriate BMI and they have diabetes. Halle Berry has Diabetes too, god knows she’s larger than Paula Deen, huh? LOL! Ignorance is bliss and stupidity is you!

Dave in Marietta

January 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

If Paula Deen were the only purveyor of rich, fattening food, then I’d say make fun all you want. The fact is America is a nation of gluttons. All you have to do is look at the number of junk food restaurants from coast to coast, not to mention the gargantuan portions sit down restaurants use to lure in customers. The fact is we were pigs long before she became famous. I’m sorry she has diabetes and hope that she takes the right course of action and can teach others from her experience.

janet

January 13th, 2012
12:36 pm

There is a reason that the South is known as the diabetes and stroke belt of the USA. Sorry she is ill, but when you are put into the limelight where you can influence a healthier life for people. you should use your influence to affect positive changes in peoples’ lives. It will be very interesting to see what happens to her recipes now?

Tom

January 13th, 2012
12:36 pm

No wonder the crap she cooks.. Most overrated cook, i can’t call her a chef there is
Wish her the best, don’t wish diabetes on anyone, but why does everyone flock to her restaurant when in savannah.. So many better choices

Kharma

January 13th, 2012
12:37 pm

Paula Deen is obese and obviously her eating habits have been a contributing factor. Not only does she promote stupid and dangerous behavior, she appears to have followed her own teachings. Sometimes when you use your voice to say nasty things about other people, things happen to you that are even worse.

Paula Deen is a good hearted soul

January 13th, 2012
12:38 pm

I think one of my most favorite Paula Deen recipes is her “Fried Salted Stick of Butter on a Stick”

Now, that’s some good eatin’ folks!

Kharma

January 13th, 2012
12:39 pm

The same goes for you posters here.

June

January 13th, 2012
12:39 pm

The same goes for you posters here.

Jeff

January 13th, 2012
12:46 pm

The term “diabesity” has been coined by healthcare folks because of the strong link between the two. I feel bad for Paula. But be assured that fat consumption has nothing to do with obesity. Eskimos have been eating nothing but seal meat, whale meat, salmon, and blubber for centuries and they have no obesity, diabetes, or heart disease. None. It’s the carbs (it’s also not the calories). Carbs are killing America. And as long and you try to lose weight by cutting calories and eating low-fat foods (and exercising), you are destined for failure. Eat the butter, eggs, meat, etc., but skip the donuts (and bread, pasta, starches, sugar, etc.) and watch the pounds (and the type-2 diabetes) disappear.

David

January 13th, 2012
12:52 pm

As the old folks would say “God don’t lke ugly”.

Dawn

January 13th, 2012
12:58 pm

It amazes me how many people judge others instead of taking the time to care about that person and what he/she is going through. Having never met Paula Deen, I can only go on my gut feelings about her and that is that she is a fun loving, giving and caring person. Thanks to Paula Deen’s carrot cake recipe, my boyfriend thinks I hung the moon! It’s the best carrot cake I have ever eaten!!! Thank you Ms. Paula for that recipe. I truly wish you all the best and hope that God takes care of you and yours….

Foodie

January 13th, 2012
1:01 pm

Paula I wish you well! That said: We all start dying the day we’re born. We each choose what we do with that life. I choose to eat what I want, when I want and die happy.

Butta

January 13th, 2012
1:01 pm

Being overweight, bad nutrition, and NOT exercising will cause heart disease too. So you guys that are saying read the Mayo article because Diabetes 2 is not always caused by obsesity and poor nutrition….That attitude is wreckless. I would bet that once she starts watching her diet and exercising, her problem will dramatically improve!

Minus

January 13th, 2012
1:04 pm

People Halle Berry has diabetes so weight can be a factor but not the single factor. Paula does love all the wrong foods and I imagine many people eat too many carbs which hurts diabetics. I had to cut down on the resee cup to control my carb and sugar along with losing a few lbs.

MeaneyMouse

January 13th, 2012
1:10 pm

She appears to be obese. Albeit not morbibdly obese. As a Type II diabetic I can feel her pain. I’m struggling to keep my weight down. I was over 200#’s. With diet and exercise (Competitive5Kwalker) i’m down to 185. However I’m struggling to control it with the assistance of Meds. Good luck Paula ;-) )

johnnywad

January 13th, 2012
1:10 pm

Now type 3 diabetes..That’s what I’m talking about….

edfs

January 13th, 2012
1:13 pm

d bobby flay cooks better than who? And how many competitons have you lost on your OWN show… Really people cook her recipes because they want to we are responsible for what we do amd as adults accept the consequences!!!

Nathan

January 13th, 2012
1:19 pm

Considering I’ve always maintained an extremely healthy lifestyle- jogging every day, eating healthy, gym- I would’ve never speculated I would develop accelerated leukemia at age 31. It just goes to show you can’t prevent inevitable. You can, however, enjoy life and live it to the fullest. While Paula Deen’s dietary choices may not be recommended for daily consumption, she IS a true example of enjoying life and fulfilling dreams – and I’ll certainly give her credit for that.

Treat her the same as a cigarette commercial

January 13th, 2012
1:19 pm

They need to treat her and her cooking (if you can call it that) techniques like a cigarette commercial and ban her from the TV airwaves……she is a lethal as a puff of secondhand smoke….and by the way she is NO CHEF, never will be…..at best she is only hagard old cook.