Paula Deen has Type 2 Diabetes: Report
According to a report in The Daily, the celebrity chef has quietly been taking care of her Type 2 diabetes -- which is normally brought on due to high cholesterol and obesity -- but will soon announce the diagnosis via an endorsement of Novartis, the drug she's been taking to control her disease.
Although reports in the National Enquirer and other tabloids have been swirling since April, sources tell The Daily that Deen will likely have to reposition her brand from the high-fat Southern cooking she's known for to healthy food. Deen recently revealed on "The Dr. Oz Show" that she's been a smoker for 50 years.
Deen's son, Bobby, has already begun a change. His new series, "Not My Mama's Meals," which features him preparing healthier versions of his mother's recipes, premiered recently on the Cooking Channel.
"Paula Deen is going to have to reposition herself now that she has diabetes," a source tells The Daily. "She's going to have to start cooking healthier recipes. She can't keep pushing mac and cheese and deep-fried Twinkies when she is hawking a diabetes drug."
Deen has long been under fire for encouraging what many consider healthy eating habits. Barbara Walters asked the Food Network star in a 2009 interview, "You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn't it bother you that you're adding to this?"
And fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been very outspoken about his dislike for Deen, saying she's "the worst, most dangerous person to America."