Oh geez, we all learned today that the queen of southern cuisine, Paula Deen, has Type II diabetes. Well, our best wishes to Paula. No disrespect meant, but it really isn’t terribly shocking when you consider all the fried and fatty foods she’s been preparing – and likely consuming – all these years. I’ve always been a Paula Deen fan, although, I’ve rolled my eyes a little bit at some of the “uber-branding” of herself that she’s done (Um…a Paula Deen mattress???) But I think those are probably her advisers making those decisions, though. (disclosure: Paula Deen and I share the same literary agent for our cookbooks) Anyway, I’ve always liked her and respected her work ethic as she has climbed to the top. An Amish angle to this: diabetes – I believe – is on the increase among the Amish. This is purely an anecdotal assumption, I have no proof, but I do know that the past couple of generations of Amish have seen diets shift from a largely locavore and natural diet to one that is increasingly including McDonalds, pop, and packaged chips. While a hard work-ethic has acted as a powerful counterweight against the waistline among the Amish, I have noticed more obesity among the Amish than I did 20 years ago. So, what do you think: are you a Paula Deen fan? Are you surprised about her diabetes announcement?