Paula Deen announces she has type 2 diabetes, the company that makes Twinkies announces it is shutting its doors, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces that obesity rates in America have finally hit a plateau for the first time since 2000. Has America finally said "enough is enough" to fat?
I don't think it came as any huge shock to folks when Deen, the "Queen of Butter" and the woman who brought us Fried Butter Balls, announced that all of that fat had taken a toll on her health. But it will be interesting to see how her revelation affects the health of America.
Personally, I think a lot of Americans identify with Deen. I mean who doesn't love butter? And while she did always say that she stressed moderation, her high-fat, high-sugar, knows-no-bounds cooking was like a permission slip for Americans to eat whatever and whenever we wanted. I mean really, did we really need a recipe for Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding?
But her announcement may very well get a lot of Americans thinking about their own diets and how what they eat may be affecting their health. Just think of the affect it will have on America if Paula Deen releases a healthy living cookbook, or trims down her recipe for Southern Fried Chicken so that Americans can actually eat it without fear of an instant blood clot.
As for America's plateaued obesity rates, it's important to note that the rates haven't stopped rising, they just aren't rising as rapidly as they have been. From 1999 to 2010, obesity rates in adults rose only slightly to 35.7 percent from 30.5 percent compared with rates that nearly doubled in the two previous decades.
America is teetering on the edge of what could be a major health turnaround. On one end of the seesaw, we have Deen's diabetes announcement, inspiring us to cut the fat; on the other, we have companies like Burger King — which will soon start delivering fast-food right to your door — that want us to keep on eating.
Will America find stable ground as a healthier nation?
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