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Losing Three to Ten Years

Posted on 03/20/2009

As Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating has progressed over the years, more and more of my time is taken up by speech-making and healthy eating presentations.  I enjoy this work and welcome invitations.  Sometimes I travel by plane, mostly by car.  

Everywhere I go I meet two kinds of people.  Those in the first group have succeeded with Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating and are eager to express their gratitude and support.  Wow!  We recognize each other as friends and allies.

I also meet people who still need to lose weight for one reason or another.  Some of them have been trying for years, but they have not yet found our program.  Others have given up and resigned themselves to constant obesity and ever-increasing suffering.  They look at me with such hope in their eyes.  

Naturally, I do everything I can.  I tell them about Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.  I talk straight with them and encourage their efforts.  I listen to their stories and—when necessary—give them tough love.  Dealing with people is the best part of my work.

The problem is there are more who need help than I can reach personally.  The term “obesity epidemic” is not an overstatement.  We’re in a crisis and unless we learn portion control and healthy eating, it will continue.
    
New research announced this week simply tells us what we already know.  Being obese can take years off your life and often may be as dangerous as smoking.  Big surprise!  Still, in our system, once research confirms common sense, more effective action can be taken.  That’s my hope.

The new research—conducted at the University of Oxford in England—showed that people who were moderately obese lost about three years of life as a result.  People who were morbidly fat lost about ten years, pretty much the same amount as if they smoked cigarettes their whole (shortened) life.

Moderately obese people were 50 percent more likely to die early than those of normal weight. The British study also concluded that obese people were two-thirds more likely to die of heart attack or stroke, and up to four times more likely to die of diabetes, kidney, or liver problems. 

Get the picture?  Please, dear readers, read and heed.  If you are overweight, you have a serious problem, and Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is a serious solution.  This is not just health or ill—which should be enough motivation for any sane person—this is life or death.  Come to us.  Give us a try.  We can save your life.  

The same is true for your friends.  Tell them, urge them, help them if you possibly can.  Give them a week’s worth of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals.  That’s a gift of life.
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On a larger scale, we have to ask ourselves how our nation is going to solve this problem.  Obesity is at the center of our health crisis.  It’s not going to get better by itself.  What’s worse is that our system is not responsive to the needs of our fellow Americans living with modest means.  Plainly speaking, that last sentence means that tens of millions of hard-working Americans suffering from obesity need guidance and a workable plan.

I am a fiscal conservative.  That’s the way I built my business.  In general, I am suspicious of government intrusion.  But I also believe that when a problem gets too big for people to solve by themselves, a caring and responsive government should help find a solution.

Obesity threatens our country’s capacity to provide affordable medical care.  Healthy eating and portion-control are two proven answers.  The time has come for the government to recognize the obvious facts—now backed by research—and find ways to help its citizens live the long and healthy lives they inherently deserve.

Next week, I plan to discuss how foreign governments are addressing this issue.

Thanks for reading.

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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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