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Before Paula Deen got in hot water over racial issues, she was the subject of controversy a few years back with her belated disclosure that she had Type 2 diabetes, and then became a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk's Victoza. The "mainstream" balked, including rebukes from fellow celebrity chefs for using so much butter in her cooking while hiding the effect it had on her health. When the news hit the LC community, it of course went nuts. I discussed this pretty thoroughly HERE. A quick summary might be that the low carbers didn't like that people blamed the fat in her foods and finger pointed at the carbs (ignoring sedentary lifestyle entirely). Further, they didn't like that she was dieting per mainstream guidelines and using Victoza rather going on a LC diet. Stress certainly has taken a toll on Deen, but she seems to have maintained her weight loss, perhaps even losing a few more pounds. It would be interesting to get an update on her condition, but somehow I doubt we will.