Paula Deen, the Georgia born queen on high-calorie cooking, is expected to come clean that the rumors are true and she has type-2 diabetes, usually associated with fatty foods and obesity.

Deen has reportedly been trying to keep her condition secret, even though the National Enquirer ran a story revealing her condition last April.  It is believed that Deen's revelation will be part of a multi-million dollar deal to be the spokesperson for Novartis, a pharmacutical company that produces the drug she's been taking for her condition.  Novartis, Deen's agent, and Deen herself have declined comment.  According to one source,

“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.”

Deen's cooking style, which includes high fat, salt, and sugar, has been a source of criticism for years.  In 2009, Barbara Walters interviewed Deen about her children's cook book "Lunch-Box Set",

“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 "No Reservations" host Anthony Bourdain called Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America” and said she should “think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”  Though Deen defended herself and her cooking style by saying she cooks for regular families who worry about paying their bills and feeling their childnen, the news about Deen's condition might go to back up Bourdain's statement.

It is expected that there will be some changes to the menu at Deen's Savannah resturaunt, The Lady & Sons, which includes the "Paula's Brunch Burger", a fried egg and bacon on a buger between two glazed doughnuts.  Deen's son Bobby has already started a new show this month on The Cooking Channel called "Not My Momma's Meals", featuring healthier versions of Paula's recipes.

via The Daily