If you go to her web site, she talks about how she'd like to help her fans see "Diabetes in a new light." Click on that link and it takes you to an advertisement for Victoza, the new diabetes drug that she is endorsing.
It's like me putting a cigarette vending machine and a hamburger stand in my waiting room, and then subsequently doing angioplasties on those patients. But then again, unlike Paula Deen, I took the Hippocratic Oath to "Do No Harm".
When interviewed by Al Roker last week, she claimed, “Here’s the thing, you know, I’ve always encouraged moderation,” But seriously, since when is a hamburger inside of a glazed donut moderation? And does someone who proclaims that she can't live without butter or a deep fryer have the right to say she encourages moderation?
This is moderation?
"Moderation" is about the biggest cop-out there is. Who can't legitimately claim they eat "in moderation"? Compared to a stick of butter or a tub of lard at each meal, anything is moderation.
What do you do if you're a chef who has earned her reputation as providing recipes for decadent food, and you yourself end up succumbing to one of the diseases that results from eating that food? I don't know, but signing an endorsement deal with a medicine to treat type 2 diabetes is not the ethical answer to that question.