Paula Deen is trying pretty hard to recover from the backlash she received after revealing she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for three years, but continued to endorse diabetes-causing food.
It is pretty obvious that the only reason she revealed her illness is to make more money considering she waited to strike an endorsement deal with a diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk before coming out.
Now she's trying to do some good and has announced that she plans on donating "a certain percentage" of what the company is paying her to the American Diabetes Association.
How much? No one seems to know. Not her spokesman and certainly not the ADA, who was apparently unaware of her generosity that she announced while appearing on The Chew the same day.
Either way, the nonprofit is happy to get a contribution from the Food Network star and spoke highly of her decision to open up about diabetes. A spokesperson for the association said in a statement:
"People may benefit from seeing how others successfully manage Type 2 diabetes. Paula Deen, through her work with Diabetes in a New Light, is likely to inspire many people living with Type 2 diabetes to take a more positive approach to their diabetes care. We commend her for speaking out on behalf of people with Type 2 diabetes and welcome her to the association's Stop Diabetes movement."
Although she is just getting involved with the Diabetes in a New Light campaign now, she claims she's always been promoting a healthy lifestyle, explaining:
"I've always said, `Practice moderation, y'all.' I'll probably say that a little louder now."
Not loud enough to encourage Americans to stop eating her delicious food though, of course.
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