Friday, January 20, 2012
and I really have nothing to say.
Paula Deen. Ok, maybe I can say something about her. It's something relevant and in the news and I did see a Spark article about it today (very slanted, but, whatever). I don't watch her show, I don't watch any cooking shows, but I know who she is and that her reputation is for high-fat, high-calorie food. I also know she tends to have a devil-may-care attitude about the health value or impact of the food she promotes both on TV and in her cookbooks and that she uses the excuse of being "Southern" to justify things like using donuts as buns (really? I wish I had thought of that one during my fat years! Bet I dream about that tonight.).
Anyway, people should be allowed to eat how they want, right? Wrong. Not when all of us are paying for their health care. When people have health issues that result from eating too much (aka- being fat), they cost all of us money because they tend to have to visit the doctor a lot and the insurance companies raise rates and blame it on high volume use of the system. So, if everyone were a bit healthier, costs wouldn't keep going up so much. And although I do believe that most people who are overweight end up not being able to help that because their bodies stop processing food correctly, I do believe that we each have the responsibility to do what we can to be healthy. (Spark is the way!) And eating food you know is BAD for you and encouraging other people to do the same and even glamorizing it on TV and in glossy paged cookbooks is irresponsible on many levels, health care costs being the first one I though of. I know free choice plays into it but come on, people are gullible, they are in a daze and anything they see on TV they think is okay. Which explains Fox News.
So here's this Paula Deen, promoting and encouraging bad eating and she gets diabetes (duh!). And just like Sara Ferguson or Marie Osmond or whoever else has profited from publicly getting healthy, she's gone out and gotten herself a contract to promote a diabetes med. So far, I was okay with that. I was thinking, OH, she's going to change her song, show everyone how to eat right and exercise and control her diabetes with this med and she'll be a great example of what so many people need to learn about and do. Beautiful!
BUT NO!!! That's not the whole story! I read somewhere today (and it wasn't Fox News so I believe it) that she has stated that she DOES NOT INTEND TO CHANGE HER EATING HABITS!!! WTF???!!!! Like this pill she's contracted to promote is a magic cure and she can go right on stuffing her face with whatever she dam well pleases and she's going to be cured. I hope this pharmaceutical company drops her butt ASAP because watching Miss Deen blithely continue to do what she does when she knows she's got this condition is going to be watching someone kill themselves. That can't be good for profits. Enough said.
You go girl!