Posted on 03/27/2009
Next week I’m going to share my recommendations on how local, state, and federal government policies can deal with the obesity epidemic. I am reminded of how we all cooperated to deal with other epidemics, such as flu, polio, and smallpox. We put aside our political differences to find a remedy for something that threatened our way of life and—for many of us—life itself.
I’ve received a few heated missives emphatically against the possibility of any government action. Certainly, I understand the wisdom of the aphorism, “the less government the better.” I’m an advocate of personal responsibility and I value freedom.
However, there are times when a village or a state or a nation or a world must combine its resources and effectively use them to resolve a crisis which could destroy the efficacy of that village or state or nation or world.
I believe the obesity epidemic is just such a crisis. That’s why I think that failure to act—rather than action—is the greater threat to our cherished freedom. As I said, next week I’ll state my opinions. Hopefully, we can find some ways to act in concert and positively affect the deteriorating situation.
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A reader expressed concern that our ingredient list includes corn syrup. Don’t worry. Corn syrup is not the same as high fructose corn syrup. We don’t have any high fructose corn syrup, but we do have plain corn syrup. I’m sure that’s confusing, but the fact is that we monitor our ingredients very carefully. Our corn syrup use is limited to carefully controlled amounts. It is used for flavor and moisture and is absolutely not going to negatively affect your weight loss results on Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
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I’m going to speak in Cleveland, Ohio, next week and I’m looking forward to the trip. Some people ask me if travel isn’t draining at my age. The answer is no. I’m spreading the word. Healthy eating. Portion control. Calories in versus calories out.
I love to talk about the benefits of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating approach. Recently I have accepted invitations and made appearances in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and a number of smaller cities in Illinois and Iowa. Keep those invites coming. I’m on a mission.
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As you may know, we don’t serve red meat on the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating plan. We do have fish, and turkey, and chicken. Some people, of course, prefer red meat, or are so much in the habit that they find its absence an impediment to joining our program.
We made a tough choice—knowing that including red meat would increase our customer count—but we work hard to “do the right thing” as far as healthy eating is concerned.
I’m glad we stood our ground because this week the Archives of Internal Medicine released a study saying that “older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer.”
Well, we all knew that diets containing red meat—such as hamburger—and processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, and cold cuts were tasty but harmful. The new study—ten years and half a million people—revealed that men eating the equivalent of a quarter-pound hamburger increased their risk of dying of cancer by 22 percent and of dying by heart attack by 27 percent.
Women who ate large amounts of red meat had a 20 percent higher risk of dying of cancer and a 50 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease.
For processed meats, the increased risks were slightly lower for both sexes than for red meat.
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I’m sorry that our eating habits are causing so many problems for so many people. At the same time, I’m fortified by the ever emerging evidence that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is based on decisions which truly make healthy eating available to so many people.
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.