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A little now is better than a lot later

Posted on 09/12/2008

    In my last few blogs, I have made reference to the expensive dangers of gastric bypass surgery and have also cited research which shows that during a lifetime an obese person can expect to incur at least $10,000 in extra medical expenses.  And that’s at today’s rates.

   Well, I’ve been touched and saddened by the number of reader responses to those blogs.  A very few told me they had endured the surgery and were frightened by the aftermath.  Almost everyone who called or wrote indicated their agreement and thanked me for warning them.

   The problem—according to many—is that their insurance companies refuse to pay for more moderate preventative solutions to the overwhelmingly negative consequences of obesity.   So people are herded into more extreme choices.  Insurance policies cover a $30,000 plus gastric bypass, but not proven healthy eating, weight loss programs. 

   Of course, I’m talking about Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.  But please don’t think of this as a sales pitch.  I do my share of that, which is how our company has survived, grown, and now flourishes.  If I weren’t willing to point out the advantages of our program, how else could we carry out our mission of helping people eat healthily and lose weight?

   Here is the simple truth.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating helps the obese.  We have assisted more than 250,000 people to lose weight.   I’m afraid I don’t know exactly how many have lost at least fifty pounds, but I promise you the number is very high.  And many of our customers have lost hundreds.  Without pills or surgery.

   Therefore, judging from results that I and our distributors have witnessed first-hand, I am fully confident that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating can be relied upon to nurture the obese into a much healthier personal zone.  Of this I have no doubt, as it buttressed upon decades of experience.

   Why won’t insurance companies help cover some or all of the cost of healthy eating and weight loss?  It doesn’t make sense that they won’t.  If an insurance company were to spend as little as $1,500 to help an obese person lose weight, the resultant savings would lower their claims expenses and bolster their bottom line.  

   Simply put, more than 50 million Americans are obese at this moment and the number is rising.   Health care costs associated with this epidemic are a threat to our country’s well-being.  This includes the rising number of Type II diabetics who require increased medical attention and on-going medical expenses.

   I do understand—unfortunately—that pharmaceutical companies are a powerful interest group that profits from the sale of treatment drugs.  They are a barrier to rational progress, but I will not be deterred.  What I am advocating will lower health care costs in our beloved country.

   As a nurse, and the founder of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, and a woman who regularly speaks with people who have benefited from healthy eating and weight loss, I pledge my best efforts to find an insurance company which understands that spending a little money now is better than spending a lot later.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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