Southern cooking queen PAULA DEEN has traded her near-addiction to fatty foods for what appears to be an obsession with spray tanning!

The popular TV personality recently shed 40 pounds after confirming The ENQUIRER’s scoop last year that she was suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

But now that she’s slimmed down, sources say she’s so preoccupied with being a bronzed goddess that she’s starting to turn orange!

“Paula is thrilled about finally losing weight and she’s been hitting the spray-tan can like crazy in an attempt to look even better,” said a source.

“She thinks it makes her look thinner, but no one wants to tell her that she actually looks more like a pumpkin than a bronze beauty!”

The business-savvy culinary queen, 66, was recently featured on a magazine cover with her sons – Jamie, 45, and Bobby, 42 – who dropped pounds along with her. Inside, husband Michael, 57, is pictured after his 60-pound weight loss.

But de­spite their new physiques, it’s Paula’s skin tone that is catching fans’ attention.

“Paired with her shock of white hair, Paula’s face looks like it could actually glow in the dark,” noted the source. “You can’t help but stare. In fact, it’s downright distracting, but Paula is so tan-obsessed she just doesn’t see it.”