Paula Deen‘s diabetes announcement has been criticized by the media, but now other chefs and authors, like Eat Clean Diet author Tosca Reno, are coming out with their take on Deen’s responsibility to her fans, and Americans at large. Like Deen, Tosca Reno is a cookbook author with millions of fans who look to her for advice; but as someone who has battled with obesity herself, she promotes a very different kind of cuisine: A clean, balanced diet designed to keep blood sugar levels stable and control weight naturally. When we spoke with her about the confusion surrounding Paula Deen’s diabetes announcement last week, she was surprisingly frank in her critique.
Check out what she has to say about why Deen should take more responsibility for her diabetes–and fans:
Do you think Paula Deen is to blame for her own diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is often nicknamed “lifestyle diabetes,” inferring that something about one’s lifestyle has contributed to being affected with this non-genetic form of diabetes. None of us knows for certain what Miss Deen eats on a daily basis so it would be difficult to categorically state that her food is to blame. It is important to understand that Diabetes Type 2 is a situation wherein the blood sugar-handling organs can no longer deal with blood glucose generated through food consumption. The pancreas simply does not produce insulin or your body doesn’t use the insulin it makes. Other contributing factors inlcude smoking, being overweight or obese, lack of regular exercise, an unhealthy diet high in fat, sugar and unrefined carbohydrate, stress and so on. Miss Deen certainly did well to get a physical. Millions of North Americans don’t even know they have the disease.
Is she contributing to America’s problems with obesity and obesity-related diseases?
It cannot be seen any other way than that she is contributing to America’s problems with obesity and obesity-related diseases.
As a cookbook author yourself, you’re also in the business of teaching people how to cook. How do you balance your need to make money by selling appetizing recipes with your interest in health?