Paula Deen Reportedly Has Type 2 Diabetes

All of a sudden, those Paula Deen butter memes aren’t so funny, are they?

The southern chef has caught the attention (and ire) of many American food fans for her unapologetic, deep fried and powdered sugared style of cooking, in which veggies and grilling take a back seat to adding another layer of fat and, of course, copious butter. Last year, another controversy erupted when plain-spoken bad-boy chef Anthony Bourdain called Deen out for peddling her high-fat and high-calorie recipes to an already obese populace, saying Deen was “the worst, most dangerous person to America” and that he syrupy-voiced Food TV matron needs to “think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”

In response, Deen leveled criticism basically insinuating Bourdain is a snob, and huffed:

“You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine. My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills … It wasn’t that long ago that I was struggling to feed my family, too.”

It looks like Deen may have to eat her words, as The Daily is reporting that the TV chef has been long-concealing a life-threatening effect linked with decades of sugary, buttery diets- Type 2 Diabetes. While Deen herself has yet to confirm that she’s suffering from the condition, the site says she is working out a deal with Novartis to promote the drug with which she is being treated.

While advocating for the medication could rake in the dollars for Paula Deen, it’s undeniable her whole brand could take a massive hit from the news that she suffers from Type 2 diabetes. One source observed:

“Paula Deen is going to have to reposition herself now that she has diabetes… 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.”

If Deen is about to go public with the condition, the timing couldn’t be more fortuitous- her son, Bobby Deen, just launched his own TV show aimed at turning fans on to healthier cooking, titled Not My Mama’s Meals. Do you think Deen can continue on with her deep fried schtick in light of a diabetes diagnosis?