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    I think Bourdain should keep his big mouth shut & his opinions to himself. Who does he think he is to think he can play health police? It's not his business to criticize her personal health problems.
    Yeah, her cooking style probably helped add to this problem, but I don't know that for sure, & neither does he. He's not her doctor, or anyone else's doctor or medical specialist either.
    As for her keeping quiet for up to 3 years, I would have too. Her cooking is her livelihood, & a good one at that. Who's to say what really caused this? Why jeopardize her livelihood? It's not her job to inform us of every problem she has, health or otherwise. She's a comfort/Southern food specialist, not a health professional or diet guru.
    The timing, re the drug sponsorship, may be unfortunate & in a little bad taste (no pun intended), but it's still her personal health business. She's not required by any standards to let us know all about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Scarlet View Post
    I think Bourdain should keep his big mouth shut & his opinions to himself. Who does he think he is to think he can play health police? It's not his business to criticize her personal health problems.
    He has just as much of a right to voice his opinions as the rest of us do. He's just calling her out on her hypocrisy. He's been criticizing her unhealthy recipes for a long time.

    I've seen interviews with her where she says they don't eat those heavy, butter-laden dishes very much at home and that's great for her. The problem is that she doesn't have (and correct me if I'm wrong) recipes for salads and grilled/baked dishes in her cookbooks. What she made her image with is fatty, butter-filled recipes. I don't think she prepares those on TV and then cautions people not to eat them very much. Any time I've seen her, she seems pretty gleeful and unapologetic about the profusion of butter in her recipes. Especially in light of her health issues, it's hypocritical.

    Yes, people can make their own choices, but for Paula Deen to tout all of those unhealthy foods and not be so open about the fact that she has a serious health condition that was likely caused by unhealthy eating, is irresponsible.

    Something about her hiding her health condition and only revealing it after she's signed what is likely a pretty lucrative endorsement deal for a diabetes medication just rubs me the wrong way.
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    Well somebody was buying her books and trying her recipes. And she certainly wasnt forcing anyone to eat this stuff. Over all most people like eating rich food that isn't good for them and should know when to use common sense.
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    Of course personal responsibility comes into it. For me though, it's the same level of hypocrisy as say, if a fitness guru who was once heavy advocated healthy eating and exercise because it worked for them....and then it was revealed they had gastric bypass to lose the weight. It's very "do as I say, not as I do"....for profit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    Of course personal responsibility comes into it. For me though, it's the same level of hypocrisy as say, if a fitness guru who was once heavy advocated healthy eating and exercise because it worked for them....and then it was revealed they had gastric bypass to lose the weight. It's very "do as I say, not as I do"....for profit.
    Having grown up in the South, I ate a lot of traditional fatty, fried Southern dishes. I still prepare and enjoy them occasionally. At 61, I don't have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and I weigh 120 lbs. at 5'5".

    I think we should bear in mind that Paula Deen's culinary fame is solidly anchored in one of the great regional American cuisines - Southern cooking. I don't consider publishing such cookbooks to be, in any way, hypocritical. And I feel that the author's personal medical/health condition is simply irrelevant.

    Southern food is not health food. And Paula Deen did not invent it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy Fields View Post
    Having grown up in the South, I ate a lot of traditional fatty, fried Southern dishes. I still prepare and enjoy them occasionally. At 61, I don't have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and I weigh 120 lbs. at 5'5".

    I think we should bear in mind that Paula Deen's culinary fame is solidly anchored in one of the great regional American cuisines - Southern cooking. I don't consider publishing such cookbooks to be, in any way, hypocritical. And I feel that the author's personal medical/health condition is simply irrelevant.

    Southern food is not health food. And Paula Deen did not invent it.
    And one doesn't have to eat it all the time. So you like a rich dish, make it once in a great while, not every day. Moderation is the key.
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    Adding to that, I think Paula Deen the personaility is as much, if not more, of a draw than the actual recipes. I know if I'm channel surfing and come upon her on a show, I will stay and watch a while, every time. Yet I've never made a single recipe of hers. Something about her is just familiar and comforting and I like watching. I feel the same way about the Neelys. There's nostalgia in the food, and it's prepared in an entertaining way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coltnlasma View Post
    Adding to that, I think Paula Deen the personaility is as much, if not more, of a draw than the actual recipes. I know if I'm channel surfing and come upon her on a show, I will stay and watch a while, every time. Yet I've never made a single recipe of hers. Something about her is just familiar and comforting and I like watching. I feel the same way about the Neelys. There's nostalgia in the food, and it's prepared in an entertaining way.
    I have never prepared a dish of hers either but they look yummy. I just know that I don't cook foods that rich, if I want them, I usually eat them at a restaurant. But I enjoy watching her.
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    Paula's hardly the only one. Just sayin'.

    Even though Bourdain later apologized for calling out Deen, this food fight raises some juicy questions about how celebrity chefs’ cooking styles and messages affect their viewers’ health. Check out our menu of cooking pros and cons from favorite TV cooking personalities.
    Best and Worst Health Messages From TV Chefs - Diet and Nutrition Center - Everyday Health

    It's not just the US:

    Famous chefs make us fat | thetelegraph.com.au

    And Paul P. really is the poster child for culinary overindulgence. Does anyone really think he doesn't have undisclosed health problems?

    Famous Obese Chef saved by layers of Fat - Cajun Food - Zimbio
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    My guess is that Paula Deen revealed her condition because she learned that one of the gossip rags had found out and was going to release it, so she got there first. Personally, I choose healthy foods most of the time and indulgent foods when I feel like it. Personal choice, personal responsibility. If you look hard enough, there is nothing to eat, drink, or breathe that doesn't have both harmful and beneficial effects. We are all going to die from something, no one knows when their time will come, and until some form of eating will lead to immortality, I'll ingest anything in moderation that I find pleasurable. Maurice Chevalier did a musical number in "Gigi" called, "Live and Let Live." It was a great song and it's tag line for each chorus was, "Your business is your business and my business is mine."
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