PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Paul Hollywood’s half-baked diabetes joke told the truth about obesity 

Were that unfaithful scoundrel Paul Hollywood put in the stocks, the queue lining up to pelt him with rotten food would be longer than the one outside Madame Tussauds.

Yet here I am defending The Great British Bake Off judge after he was pilloried on social media for saying a Gâteau St-Honoré dessert made of caramelised, cream-filled choux buns, puff pastry and Chantilly cream was ‘diabetes on a plate’.

One Twitter follower said he should ‘make amends for his ignorant, hurtful and uneducated comment . . . you just made it harder for type 1 children’.

The fact is Hollywood¿s diabetes joke spoke to an incontrovertible truth. There are far too many people who have the type 2 condition due to an irresistible urge to eat too much and a refusal to exercise

The fact is Hollywood¿s diabetes joke spoke to an incontrovertible truth. There are far too many people who have the type 2 condition due to an irresistible urge to eat too much and a refusal to exercise

The fact is Hollywood’s diabetes joke spoke to an incontrovertible truth. There are far too many people who have the type 2 condition due to an irresistible urge to eat too much and a refusal to exercise

In his ham-fisted way, Hollywood had managed to highlight the huge distinction between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 

The former is an auto-immune condition where the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells; it often strikes in childhood and has nothing to do with lifestyle.

Type 2 tends to develop later in life, affects 90 per cent of all diabetes sufferers and is commonly brought on by obesity and a bad diet.

Of course, I understand why those living with type 1 vented their fury — after all, their suffering isn’t connected in any way with how many creams buns they might have eaten.

Yet here I am defending The Great British Bake Off judge after he was pilloried on social media for saying a Gâteau St-Honoré dessert made of caramelised, cream-filled choux buns, puff pastry and Chantilly cream was ¿diabetes on a plate¿

Yet here I am defending The Great British Bake Off judge after he was pilloried on social media for saying a Gâteau St-Honoré dessert made of caramelised, cream-filled choux buns, puff pastry and Chantilly cream was ¿diabetes on a plate¿

Yet here I am defending The Great British Bake Off judge after he was pilloried on social media for saying a Gâteau St-Honoré dessert made of caramelised, cream-filled choux buns, puff pastry and Chantilly cream was ‘diabetes on a plate’

But I do believe the social media storm is an over-reaction. We all knew what Hollywood meant. 

He was simply saying in a jocular manner that eating vast numbers of calories is bad for you. 

It’s common parlance to describe a full English breakfast — fried bread, black pudding, the lot — as a heart attack on a plate. Is this really offensive to people who suffer from a heart condition unrelated to their diet?

Perhaps in an age devoid of humour, one where outrage and victimhood are the default positions, it will be deemed so. 

Of course, I understand why those living with type 1 vented their fury ¿ after all, their suffering isn¿t connected in any way with how many creams buns they might have eaten

Of course, I understand why those living with type 1 vented their fury ¿ after all, their suffering isn¿t connected in any way with how many creams buns they might have eaten

Of course, I understand why those living with type 1 vented their fury — after all, their suffering isn’t connected in any way with how many creams buns they might have eaten

The fact is Hollywood’s diabetes joke spoke to an incontrovertible truth. There are far too many people who have the type 2 condition due to an irresistible urge to eat too much and a refusal to exercise.

The cost last year to the NHS of treating overweight or obese people was a fat-shaming £6.1 billion. 

Recent studies confirm obesity is responsible for more cases of bowel, kidney, ovarian and kidney cancer than smoking.

Yet we now have the ridiculous situation in which patients complain they have been victimised when doctors point out that they’d be better off dropping a few pounds.

Obesity is in danger of pulling down the whole NHS. And if one of TV’s pantomime villains makes a crass joke pointing out the problem, it’s no reason to throw the kitchen sink at him.

Meanwhile, Paul Hollywood’s former girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam, 24, says she’s hurt by claims she only bedded a rich, famous older guy for his money. 

‘That’s so far from the truth. I worked so hard in the pub then I’d go home and be a horse whisperer.’ Nice work if you can get it. 

Elle Macpherson reveals the secrets of keeping The Body bikini-ready at 55

Elle Macpherson reveals the secrets of keeping The Body bikini-ready at 55

Elle Macpherson reveals the secrets of keeping The Body bikini-ready at 55

Ellie’s slim pickings

Elle Macpherson reveals the secrets of keeping The Body bikini-ready at 55. 

She starts the day with hot water and lime, then fruit or raw oatmeal, washed down with one and a half pints of kale, cucumber, turmeric, garlic and lettuce juice from her organic garden. 

Her guilty secret is an occasional gluten-free vegetable pizza for supper.

Crikey, if that’s what it takes, I’ll settle for a tummy-sucking-in one-piece — and keep going with the Quattro Formaggio pizzas.

Silence is golden, Meg

A bad week for the Sussexes after they tearfully railed against the pressure they suffer in their royal lives. 

Meghan said she ‘really tried to adopt the British stiff upper lip’ but gave up because it was ‘probably really damaging’.

Jolly good. Yet can I offer a sisterly tip as a fellow foreigner who made her home here?

If she can’t do the stiff upper lip, perhaps she could try another British quirk — biting her lip. 

In other words, as we say in Oz: ‘Stop whingeing, Sheila.’

Prue sails into the sunset

Timothy West and Prunella Scales have putt-putted through their last TV canal trip, her advancing Alzheimer’s making it their final public voyage together.

What a wonderful and loving insight this couple has given to those of us who have witnessed this disease first hand.

And how sad that a new drug that can slow the disease came too late for Prunella or my Mum, who could both have had a few extra years knowing who their loved ones were and, more importantly, who they were.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales have putt-putted through their last TV canal trip, her advancing Alzheimer¿s making it their final public voyage together

Timothy West and Prunella Scales have putt-putted through their last TV canal trip, her advancing Alzheimer¿s making it their final public voyage together

Timothy West and Prunella Scales have putt-putted through their last TV canal trip, her advancing Alzheimer’s making it their final public voyage together

Distraught when John Humphrys retired from Radio 4’s Today, I’m overjoyed to discover he’s now doing a stint on Classic FM’s morning show. 

It means once again I will be able to wake up to the dulcet — or should that be hectoring? — tones of my most constant bedroom companion. 

However brave it was of Strictly’s Shirley Ballas to reveal she was having her breast implants removed, I wonder whether she was wise to announce on The Jonathan Ross Show that after the operation on Tuesday, she’ll be back in her head judge’s seat for next Saturday’s show.

May I humbly suggest that four days to recover from a serious procedure is not enough for any woman.

And if there’s one Strictly to miss it’s the dreadful Halloween one with it’s contrived theme of ghouls and goblins — we all hate it anyway.

Pictures of jihadi bride Shamima Begum in a Syrian refugee camp pleading to come home are enough to melt the heart. Yet still I’m undecided as to what should happen to her. 

Aged just 20, she has lost three children, which is surely enough punishment for any soul. 

On the other hand, we learned this week the Met has foiled 16 Islamist terrorist plots in Britain in the past two-and-a-half years. 

Maybe Shamima should stay there until we’re sure who’s side she’s really on.

Pictures of jihadi bride Shamima Begum in a Syrian refugee camp pleading to come home are enough to melt the heart. Yet still I¿m undecided as to what should happen to her

Pictures of jihadi bride Shamima Begum in a Syrian refugee camp pleading to come home are enough to melt the heart. Yet still I¿m undecided as to what should happen to her

Pictures of jihadi bride Shamima Begum in a Syrian refugee camp pleading to come home are enough to melt the heart. Yet still I’m undecided as to what should happen to her

Keep it hidden, Arnie

Ahead of the premiere of Terminator: Dark Fate, Arnold Schwarzenegger insisted he is as fit now at 72 as he was for the original and was desperate to reprise his opening scene back in 1984 when he arrived on planet Earth unclothed.

‘I can still do that. I can still arrive naked.’ Yes, Arnie, we’re sure you could do it, but do we want to see it?

Arnold Schwarzenegger insisted he is as fit now at 72 as he was for the original and was desperate to reprise his opening scene back in 1984 when he arrived on planet Earth unclothed. He is pictured above in the new movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger insisted he is as fit now at 72 as he was for the original and was desperate to reprise his opening scene back in 1984 when he arrived on planet Earth unclothed. He is pictured above in the new movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger insisted he is as fit now at 72 as he was for the original and was desperate to reprise his opening scene back in 1984 when he arrived on planet Earth unclothed. He is pictured above in the new movie

Westminster Wars

Labour has me on its mailing list, and I was sent an email from Diane Abbott saying: ‘Amanda, if like me you’re from an ethnic minority background I want to speak to you personally now.’ 

Perhaps she got confused thinking I was a Patel — as opposed to Platell. Alas, Diane, I’m not BAME, although we do have one thing in common: an irresistible urge to slurp a tinny of mojito or G&T on public transport.

Ten points ahead in the polls, Boris is pushing for a December 12 election to end the parliamentary gridlock. 

Good luck with that, BoJo. Mrs May had a 20-point lead when she called the 2017 snap election — and lost her majority.

One result of an election will be that we see the back of two referendum betrayers. 

Speaker John Bercow, who shamelessly colluded with Remainers to thwart Brexit is standing down as an MP. So is Oliver Letwin, who took a wrecking ball to both the May and Johnson deals.

Teach ghouls respect

As the lorry which contained the 39 migrants who froze to death in unimaginable suffering passed by, Essex police officers lined the route and bowed their heads in respect — while onlookers filmed the poignant journey on their iPhones.

Every one of these voyeuristic ghouls should bow their heads — in shame. 

In Germany recently, a traffic cop stopped a driver filming a fatal road crash, made him get out of his car to look at the broken body up close, before issuing him with a fixed penalty charge — then posting his own video of the driver on social media.

A tough lesson, but perhaps the only way to teach mobile-obsessed morons the importance of respect.

Wayne Rooney celebrates his 34th birthday with three of his four sons in Barbados while long-suffering wife Coleen stays at home in Cheshire with their youngest. 

A bad infection stopped Col from travelling. Not too sick to be snapped out shopping, though, was she?

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