It's been quite a week for Paula Deen. Not only is the mega-popular Southern cook turning 65 today, but she's also found herself in the midst of a media firestorm after revealing she's been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Deen's specialty is over-the-top, high-fat recipes like the Lady's Brunch Burger: a hamburger topped with a fried egg, bacon and served between the halves of a glazed doughnut. And how about some deep-fried macaroni and cheese, or deep-fried stuffing on a stick? It's easy to see how eating this kind of food regularly can lead to obesity, a major risk factor in Type 2 diabetes.
Critics of the folksy Food Network star have long insisted that she was encouraging her audience to eat foods that were unhealthy in the extreme. Also, the long-term rumor - not confirmed until this week - that she has diabetes, the critics said, meant that she was hiding the health consequences of her recipes from the fans who regularly made them.
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