Granted, childhood obesity is a problem throughout the United States. But is Paula Deen personally responsible for it? NO! I know there are health-nut people out there that totally disagree with Paula's cooking style. SO DON'T EAT IT. It's simple really.
Paula was on the show to promote her new cookbook, Paula Deen's Cookbook for the Lunch-Box Set. It gives great tips for packing good lunches for your kids, great kid-friendly recipes for the budding chef, etc. Paula is not advocating you feeding your child these foods for every meal. Any parent worth their next breath knows it is OUR responsibility to make sure our kids are eating right, but also know that allowing a treat every once in awhile is okay.
So, to recap: Paula Deen is the one of the most genuine, honest people on television (and by the way, raised two healthy, handsome, NOT FAT, men who grew up eating her food).
... and Barbara Walters is past her prime, bitter and could use a stick of butter. Bless her heart.