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So everyone probably knows that I’m not the most sensitive of people, but even so, I don’t see any problem with not having much sympathy for Princess Butter of the South coming down with Type II diabetes – especially not after she decided to use the opportunity to shill for a diabetes drug that may not even work:

I generally don’t believe in skewering people, even celebrities, for their health problems and/or how they deal with them. So at first I hesitated to join the chorus lambasting Paula Deen for waiting three years to disclose that she has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. But Deen’s stubborn insistance on using her Food TV forum to promote unhealthy food, and her long-time role as a paid shill for industrial-meat giant Smithfield, tempted me to comment on her announcement. (Evidence is mounting, by the way, that industrially raised meat contributes to diabetes risk.).

What pushed me over the edge was her debut this week as a spokesperson for pharma giant Novo Nordisk’s diabetes treatment Victoza. As Anthony Bourdain tweeted in response to the announcement, “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.” Here, Deen isn’t making a private decision on how to treat an ailment; she’s turning her ailment into a quite-public revenue stream. And she’s broadcasting a clear message to her legion of fans: Eat all the junkie food you want, and don’t worry, because the pharmaceutical industry will bail you out.

So the new obesity numbers from the Centers for Disease Control are out and the results are pretty dramatic:

The darkest areas mean 30% of the population is obese.

As all of the prior surveys have found, the country’s worst obesity problems are centered south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Well, this beggars the question: “Why not accede to the reactionary governors’ demands in those states and let them secede opt out of the Affordable Care Act?”

After all, if the unhealthiest people in the country live in the South, wouldn’t the risk pool for the remainder of the country be in a better position to deliver considerable health care cost savings over the long term?

I am of course being (mostly) tongue in cheek about this.  But it really is interesting to ponder that the greatest benefits the ACA have to offer are to people of states who elect leaders who want to repeal it.