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Duck Only When Necessary

Posted on 02/26/2009

For the last three weeks, my blog has been used to provide what I feel is useful information about Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and NutriSystem.  The response has been heartwarming, including reader comments, and nationwide media attention.  You can read some of the comments in the scroll to the right (and by clicking on “View All Comments”).  

A few people objected to my opinions, some with very unkind words about me as a person.  Nobody likes to bear the brunt of an emotional personal attack, but, as my friend and husband Kelly advises me, “Do what you think is right and duck only when necessary.”
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Now onto a few other subjects.  First, here’s a an excerpt from a report that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association:  “Obese women are more likely to have babies with rare but serious birth defects, including spina bifida and other neural tube defects, and to a lesser degree heart anomalies, cleft palate and hydrocephaly (water on the brain).”

The report cites research supporting these conclusions, adding that maternal obesity increases the risk for “stunted limbs, and a congenital malformation of the anal opening.”

Those poor babies.  Doesn’t it just increase the sadness in your heart to know that these risks can be lowered as the mother loses weight?   And don’t we all know the smartest and safest path to healthy weight reduction?  Yes, we do.  Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is the way that obese mothers can improve their own health and the health of their babies.
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As a mother of five, I’m well aware—as are all you parents out there—that a mother’s responsibility doesn’t end at birth.  For example, children learn their eating habits from their parents, including—for the most part—eating what their parents eat.  If parents eat unwisely, in almost every case their off-spring will follow suit.  This can be positive or negative.  For example, research has shown that adolescents are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if their parents do.  On the other hand, if mom and dad like to suck down soda and fast food, so will their sons and daughters.

People, read and heed.  We are a nation heading toward an obese majority.  This is bad for our country, our family, our self.   I may seem like an alarmist, but I’m not.  If we don’t find a solution, obesity will do us collectively what it is already doing to millions of individuals who find their quality of life and health reduced and/or destroyed.
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Therefore, we need to re-think—as individuals, families, and citizens—how we can end the obesity epidemic and treat/cure those who are suffering from its consequences.  Maybe we should start with our children—even those not yet born.
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An Illinois friend of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating called my daughter Paula.  The tension in her voice revealed her anger and desperation.  She felt our meals were very beneficial to her well-being, but because of economic conditions, could no longer afford them.  Her insurance company refused to help her by defraying some of the cost.  This lovely-hearted woman began to cry.  “They (the insurance company) pay for my medications, which simply maintain the status quo.  But they won’t help with your meals, and that’s stupid, because when I lose weight, I won’t need the meds and the insurance company would save money.”

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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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