When news came out that Paula Deen, the unofficial spokeswoman for all things butter-coated and deep-fried, had diabetes, it wasn’t exactly surprising. The woman has written loads of gluttonous cookbooks, including a particularly notorious one that advises kids to eat cheesecake for breakfast. Diabetes and obesity often go hand in hand, and with her trademark devil-may-care attitude toward healthy eating habits, Deen was no paragon of health.
But while Deen is certainly a high-profile chef associated with the current obesity crisis, which afflicts 34 percent of Americans, she’s not the only one to blame. This year saw the release of a slew of cookbooks that revel in high-calorie, high-fat dishes. We’ve listed some of the main offenders, books that are keeping America’s greasy grip on the top spot in the developed world’s obesity rates.
There is another way! Be sure to stick around until the end of this caloric horror fest, where we’ll point you toward titles that celebrate delicious—and healthy—fare.
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