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More health revelations from Paula Deen?

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Paula Deen’s health is back in the news. The blogosphere, anyway.

The Daily, which seems to have a source with access to Deen’s medical records, as it was the first outlet to report Deen’s diabetic diagnosis, suggests a second health revelation is in the ether.

Deen was taping a segment with Dr. Mehmet Oz the other day when he asked, “You have another secret, don’t you? You have high blood pressure.”

This sent Team Deen into “a tizzy,” The Daily reports, with a publicist leaping in to stop the interview with the admonition: “You can’t air that.”

Actually this isn’t exactly breaking news. The Daily links to a story that our former AJC colleague Jim Auchmutey wrote in 2007, in which Deen told him she took blood pressure medication. She also shared details of a recent day’s worth of dining.

“Yesterday was so bad,” Deen said in that 2007 interview. “I started off the day with a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit from Hardee’s. For lunch, I had a fabulous chocolate-stuffed, chocolate-covered eclair that I made for the show. And for dinner, I had fried fish and fried shrimp from Captain D’s. Now is that horrible or what?”

On the other hand, she didn’t want anyone to know about her affinity for cigarettes, asking during the 2007 interview, “Y’all don’t have to tell people that I smoke, do you?”

Since Deen’s revelation that she was diagnosed three years ago with type II diabetes, she has begun working as a celebrity pitchwoman for a diabetes drug. Her web site now touts lighter versions of her high-calorie classics and her Twitter account espouses a healthier lifestyle.

“Just in time for the Super Bowl, Bobby and Jamie have some lighter meatballs to bring to the field,” she posted the other day, referring to her sons’ new cookbook which includes lighter recipes.

Deen’s chief critic, fellow on-air food personality (and fellow smoker) Anthony Bourdain, hasn’t been amused by her pivot to diabetic coach.

“Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business,” he tweeted the other day, “so I can profitably sell crutches later.”

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

164 comments Add your comment

Josette

January 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

Please leave Paula Deen alone. I have never seen her force anyone to eat her recipes. Anthony Bourdain, you’re coming off as jealous, if anything. God bless her. I pray for her good health.

Jennifer

January 24th, 2012
2:02 pm

Anthony Bourdain jealous of Paula Deen?!?!?! Hahahahahaha, that’s a good one! Thanks for the belly laugh, I needed that. Paula Deen is nothing but a caricature, incredibly freaking fake.

Karen

January 24th, 2012
2:05 pm

Paula has never touted herself a a “nutritional cook”….so anyone who is surprised is not very bright.

Paula

January 24th, 2012
2:07 pm

I have high-blood pressure as well – it’s hereditary in my family. I take a pill each day. Am I a bad person?

AJC Negative Blogger

January 24th, 2012
2:09 pm

Paula,

Since your name is Paula then you are a bad person too.

weena

January 24th, 2012
2:12 pm

Paula is a freak. Yea, she made money but she sold her soul and her integrity, to make it. It’s time for her to take the money and run.
As for Anthony, he was a heroin addict. I challenge him to disclose his HIV status.

Pamela

January 24th, 2012
2:12 pm

Honestly people…her medical business is HER MEDICAL BUSINESS and nobody elses. Whom ever is telling all of her business need to be sued and fired! What ever her health problems are is HER business..not anybody elses…

Jean

January 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

Paula Deen is a Southern woman who cooks food that most true Southerners cooked. She is a delight to watch on television and I much prefer her over that crazy food critic Anthony. His claim to fame is eating bugs and nasty things that I wouldn’t even want my dog to eat. I’m just curious – when did it become mandatory that every TV personality or celebrity of any sort must disclose all of their health issues? Her health is her own personal business and should not be of anyone else’s concern (other than to wish her good health and happiness). Paula isn’t forcing people to make her recipes, so leave her alone. If you don’t like what she is cooking, turn the channel to something else!

Ellen

January 24th, 2012
2:15 pm

Paula should be the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, not a diabetes drug. Or she could be the spokesperson for the nicotine patch. She should also overhaul her show for lighter fare and write healthy cook books–and make a MINT.

Just by losing weight, her diabetes and high blood pressure would probably go away.

MBW

January 24th, 2012
2:15 pm

I don’t believe anyone should blame Paula Deen for making them overweight –its just like cigarettes — what you eat or do is a personal choice. Unless someone force feeds you fattening food, its all your own fault. No one else’s. People need to take some personal responsibility. It seems like Paula Deen has for herself — in trying to become more healthy. Seems like Anthony B is just trying to grab some publicity for himself by attacking other people who are in the news.

Sluggo

January 24th, 2012
2:16 pm

“I started off the day with a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit from Hardee’s. For lunch, I had a fabulous chocolate-stuffed, chocolate-covered eclair that I made for the show. And for dinner, I had fried fish and fried shrimp from Captain D’s”

Plus,”she didn’t want anyone to know about her affinity for cigarettes”

I am not a cardiologist but I understand this can’t be healthy.

JJ

January 24th, 2012
2:18 pm

I don’t care, I still love to watch her cook. Her personality wins me over…..what a hoot that woman is.

I have high blood pressure too, and I take a pill daily. No big freaking deal……..half the people I know are on blood pressure medicine…..

jose

January 24th, 2012
2:19 pm

Interesting, Anthony Bourdain, and most other haute cuisine chefs, make plenty of unhealthy food but no one criticizes them. I don’t like Paula Deen’s recipes and don’t eat her food but I do support her right to say and do what she wants without hypocrites like Bourdain and others jumping on her story.

Mr Dave

January 24th, 2012
2:20 pm

Jean…Ref Paula a Southern women etc… You are so right on!!!!!How anyone else can get so uptight about this matter is beyond me..PEOPLE GET A LIFE!!!!

Melinda

January 24th, 2012
2:22 pm

Watch her, buy her cookbooks, try her recipes or NOT. Nobody is forcing anyone to have anything to do with her. It’s a choice and – just like everyone else – she can choose to smoke, eat what she wants, cook what she wants and say what she wants. If you’re really upset about this you need to have more in your life so you can quit being obsessed with hers.

ideas

January 24th, 2012
2:25 pm

I am in the leg breaking business, Bourdains. I cannot stand that idiot. If I ever ran into him I would break his.

Smokewagon

January 24th, 2012
2:27 pm

What next – ED?

Dawg

January 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

If I remember correctly, Bourdain got his feathers ruffled last year when Paula was asked to be the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade. He couldn’t believe they asked her since she was from GA and he was a Califiornian. Who cares what he thinks anyway?

I believe as others suggested, it’s HER business, no one forces you to eat it (or watch her show) She’s cooking what true southerners grew up on. And frankly. southern food is the tastiest. It’s also the least healthy. It’s a choice!

Dr Phil

January 24th, 2012
2:32 pm

Obama like burgers, fries and his smokes…………….Ok liberals, lets hear it……LOL

Carol

January 24th, 2012
2:33 pm

Oh for goodness sakes! Leave this woman alone. She doesn’t force feed anyone watching her television show. I agree with Jean – if you don’t like what she is cooking, don’t watch her show, but leave her medical conditions out of it. If she does have these problems, then I sincerely hope she is being treated for them and hope she lives a long and happy life! Besides, medical records are supposed to be confidential (HIPPA).

JB

January 24th, 2012
2:34 pm

I’m going to Hardee’s Saturday for that biscuit

Bourdain - 1 Deen - O

January 24th, 2012
2:43 pm

I’m truly sorry that Paula Deen developed Diabetes and has high blood pressure. But I think it’s disgusting that she continued to “sell” the food she couldn’t (or shouldn’t ) eat and she only came out with this diabetes disgnosis after she was hired by Big Pharma to sell a diabetes drug. That is crap. It reminds me of Star Jones getting gastric bypass, then lying about it (saying she lost weight the old fashioned way) and only coming out with the truth when she had a book to sell. Please. What Paula SHOULD have done was to have been honest, developed a “Paula Deen Light” cookbook, created a foundation designed ti advance research towards a cure, like Susan Komen, and then somewhere in the process if she did an endorsement then fine. But instead she took the greedy way out, keeping this secret for years until she found a corporate sponsor so she could profit from her illness. As Bourdain said “I’ll think I’ll break my legs so I can go into the crutch making business.” Indeed….

Mardell

January 24th, 2012
2:45 pm

When she goes on every TV show talking about her medical history it makes it everyones business. I have always been a Paula Deen fan, but, I also know that she has decided to tell about her being a diabetic because she is being paid to promote the medication for it. Everyone is playing right into her hands, every TV show, every newpaper, every magizine, the internet, everyone is talking about it and she keeps on selling the medication for it. If she cared about our health why didn’t she tell it 3 years ago, I am very disappointed in her and they way she has made money off of this story.

Rob

January 24th, 2012
2:45 pm

Anthony Bourdain never hid the fact on his show that he smoked and drinks in his normal life.

Ron

January 24th, 2012
2:45 pm

Underneath the glam, she’s a person, not just a celebrity. And I would nevah, evah, disrespect a southern lady by criticizing her cookin’- especially when it’s as good as Paula’s. Who cares if she smokes or rides around in a pink Cadillac eating bon-bons? It makes me like her more to hear that she actually eats a Hardee’s biscuit and Captain D’s…I appreciate her honesty.

JB

January 24th, 2012
2:46 pm

@2:43……………..Or all the woman in Hollywood with fake boobs. It’s just not right. Deception at it’s worst.

jj

January 24th, 2012
2:47 pm

why pick on Paula… has anyone notices that 99% of the TV chef personalities are all touting unhealthy food. Sure there are a couple that say you should lighten this up or use olive oil but… I only hear one name being used when condeming recipie choices so there has to be something else. She is not the only overweight one, I am sure she is not the only one that smokes or has high blood pressure and probably not the only one that is diabetic… is it because she is from the south, aren’t the Neeleys and Sunny from the south? so that must not be the reason, she is not the only female … could it be that she is older? hummm…. I wonder what the real reason for the attacks is….

JB

January 24th, 2012
2:48 pm

Mardell……………..Does her show effect what you pick up and put in your mouth?

CKM

January 24th, 2012
2:49 pm

I miss the “other” Paula. The more grandmotherly one. I liked the way she was before she became such a mogul. The big wigs, gigantic fake eye-lashes, gawdy jewelry (especially those rings she ALWAYS leaves on; no matter what she is digging her hands in). It’s very obvious she wants everyone to see she is no longer the dirt-poor hick from Albany. I grew up on Wilmington Island in Savannah, Ga. This is where she lives. This is most definitely NOT where she is from. Money most assuredly did not buy her breeding. Her sons with all their Bulldog gear. I’d be very interested to know if they even graduated from high school. I’m Jamie’s age and he certainly didn’t attend any of the schools in my social circles. Phonies is a drastic understatement.

Robert Noble

January 24th, 2012
2:49 pm

Being a Diabetic, I will never support her, as she is a fake. Nor will I ever use Novo Nordisk medications, as I will not support her for making money off people with Diabetes, even though she has been diagnosed.

RN

ATLAS

January 24th, 2012
2:51 pm

I love Paula…Anthony Bourdain is a nut job….

here ya go yall

January 24th, 2012
2:52 pm

Paula Deen has proven she is very money driven. I don’t think ANYONE wants diabetes or high blood pressure, or any other health problem. WHen you smoke, you know its bad for you; yet MILLIONS continue to smoke. If you eat CRAZY and non-healthly, but they are so good foods, eventually, you get fat, high blood pressure and other various issues. If you drink too much and drive you reap the consequences. I don’t even think ANYONE really wants to be fat. Sone health issues are genetic. People can not help that; but continuing to do the things that make those health issues worse no the consequences. Paula Deen may be the nicest lady in the world and maybe she can cook. But right now, she is capitaling off her “mistakes”. Right, wrong, or indifferent, she does look silly making her “ooey gooey butter cake” one one channel, pushing Smithfield Hams on another, and then inking a deal to be the new face of a diabetic medicine. Money clearly means more to some people than others. Her business, and her personal life, very true, but when you are in the PUBLIC EYE, THINK before you do something, because people are watching.

Hmmm.....

January 24th, 2012
2:52 pm

Deen has been slapping her name on everything under the sun for 2 years – cookware, peanuts, cookbooks. Why shouldn’t she slap her name on her diabetes drug if it helps her make a buck, right? So what if she was still pushing the very food/lifestyle that likely caused her disease. So what if it helps her make a buck, right?

For all you pro-Deen fans, would it be the same if she had hidden a triple bypass from her “fans” all the while making fried steak and gravy? But then decided to clean up her act when she broke a contract to be the face for the Jarvic artificial heart?

It’s funny how NOBODY from the Food Network is coming out in support of her.

I just turned in my “fan” card.

tim

January 24th, 2012
2:53 pm

BUTTA FACE is TWO FACED

And she dumb southern stiick is annoying.

The biggest loser …….

mecq

January 24th, 2012
2:53 pm

Why is it any of your or my business what type medical issues Miss Paula has. Stay in your lane and tend to your own business.

Southern Belle

January 24th, 2012
2:54 pm

If Paula is having health issue, its really not yours or my business. We didn’t help her make her millions. She owes us nothing about her personal life. Why do you people think she does. GET LIFE!!!!!!!!!

Daid Johns

January 24th, 2012
2:54 pm

WELL SAID HERE YALL GO! That is the absolute truth!

JB

January 24th, 2012
2:54 pm

jj………………you got it. A white trash southern woman who has made it….and on her own. I bet half the people on here don’t know her story.

ML

January 24th, 2012
2:55 pm

Paula’s green beans for the win.

Scooter

January 24th, 2012
2:55 pm

Oh how I love the self righteous indignation of bloggers. I wish Paula good health and prosperity.

JB

January 24th, 2012
2:56 pm

Way to tell’em Robert Noble.

Atlantan

January 24th, 2012
2:57 pm

Rich any criticism coming from Bourdain – he stuffs himself with animal parts, drinks heavily and up unto recently was a heavy smoker. What Paula does is her business as are the consequences of her actions. The world would be a better place if we stayed out of each others personal business…. If you don’t violate the someone’s right to life, liberty or happiness I don’t care what you do.

JB

January 24th, 2012
2:57 pm

Love to know the life and problems of the “perfect” haters on here.

JRHD

January 24th, 2012
2:59 pm

The cork is out of the haterade today for sure. Anthony BOREdain espouses eating brains, livers, hearts and all sorts of things fried, pickled and even live animals (octopus on one episode). He also models drinking highly toxic liqueurs (absinthe) so I don’t think Mr. Bourdain is exactly the right person to be criticizing someone for their lifestyle or cooking habits.

Slaphead

January 24th, 2012
3:01 pm

Don’t care. Her food is good. If I want healthy fare, I’ll watch Hungry Girl or whatever. If I want good ol’ southern comfort food that tastes danged good, I’ll watch Paula Deen.
OMG She has grey hair! Must be that crap food she cooks on her show!

JB

January 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

I’m thinking the only thing keeping Paula from being perfect is she not Northern,Gay,living in the DC area and an atheist. That would about do it.

GTPHISH

January 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

Atlantan, I agree about Bourdain, I like him, but, wish he would shut up about Paula Dean.

jose

January 24th, 2012
3:06 pm

Robert, you are so shallow as to not accept your doctor’s prescription because you don’t like the manufacturer’s advertising? Wow. Personally, I do whatever it takes to live a healthy life and don’t pay attention to what a drug company…or some celebrity chef…has to say.

katsun

January 24th, 2012
3:09 pm

I like to watch cooking shows. I am also a very very picky eater and would not eat half of the stuff any of them make. Just because I watch something doesn’t mean I have to cook it or eat it. I am a adult. No one makes me do anything. Everyone who gets upset about Paula and her style of cooking needs to grow up. As an American I have the right to eat what I want, when I want, just like all the other rights we enjoy in this country. You don’t want anyone else to tell you how to live your life, so don’t complain about how others live theirs!

Viewer

January 24th, 2012
3:09 pm

Just for the record – Bourdain quit smoking after he and his current wife Ottavia had their baby together.