1. Paula Deen
Okay, let’s be honest – if you watched her Southern fried cooking show or purchased her down-home cookbooks, you may have had an inkling that her weight and her calorie-laden cuisine would land her with type 2 diabetes. Blame it on the mayonnaise, butter, and beer batter.
Of course, she waited three years to announce it, despite rampant rumors, timing the announcement with the unveiling of an endorsement deal with Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, makers of the noninsulin injectable diabetes medication Victoza. You’ve got to give it to her – not many people could turn a chronic and potentially fatal illness into an endorsement deal.