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Obesity: Anything, but Natural Cause of Death

Posted on 03/1/2016

Obesity -- it’s anything but natural to blame for many deaths, such as the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who recently passed away far too soon.  The cause of his death was from ‘natural causes’ according to his death certificate, but I think not. He was younger than me at 79 (I, by the way, am 84 years young and counting). The man was obese, and as numerous media reported, he also had heart disease, diabetes, and was found too ill to undergo needed surgery. He was also a long-time smoker. Those are all causes of lifestyle, but not natural. There’s nothing natural about that and we have lost a great Justice far too soon. 

I am quite sensitive to this subject. It is why I do what I do. I care deeply and am passionate about helping people improve their eating habits and overall health. My own father tipped the scales at 385 pounds before eventually succumbing to congestive heart failure due to his obesity. He too had a slew of other diseases directly related to his weight. He too died too soon. And, his death was anything but natural. 

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So, why on earth do we continue to label one’s death as ‘natural causes’ when we know in our heart that excessive weight kills prematurely?  Premature deaths are not natural and we should not continue to perpetuate such false labels. We should also not be okay with it. We should seek a solution to end such senseless and preventable deaths. 

We can’t chalk it up to ‘now a days’ either. It isn’t a new thing, so you can’t say the Internet, technology or social media is to blame. 

For instance, when the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington died - he too was obese and suffered from heart disease, but his death? It was certainly not natural -- it was a heart attack. We lost a great man back then and it really saddened me at the time knowing if he or his family only knew that reducing his portions, sodium intake and saturated fats he could have lived a longer, healthier and more productive life.

How I see it, the biggest problem is with eating out. Meals with excessive sodium levels and saturated fat-laden entrees, is a big culprit. Too many of those types of meals and a busy lifestyle sets many people up for an early death. You can even see it on their faces, as the sodium bloats one’s face and makes them appear puffy. 

I am saddened years later when a wonderful, well-known journalist, Tim Russert, died suddenly from a heart attack. I would see him often and think how I wish I could help him so he could live a longer life.  He too was gone far too soon. 

It’s not easy, I know from personal experience, to make the necessary changes one has to make if they have lived a life differently. Change is scary for even the bravest, fiercest and most successful people. 

Here’s what I do know and it is a scientific fact, backed by sound medical science. If you reduce your calories then you will lose weight. If you consume foods rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein your heart is healthier, and you weigh less. 

The difficult part is making small, consistent changes every day. Once you have mastered one change, the key is to then move onto another and another. Then, you have given your lifestyle a complete and total overhaul. It’s much less daunting to undertake one small change at a time, instead of a larger more general and unattainable goal. That simply sets you up for failure and not success. Slow and steady wins the race, so to speak. 

Remember, that patterns and habits are formed early in one’s life. So, it is critical to break the cycle of unhealthy eating when children are small. Lifestyles are emulated; so make sure you set a good example for children when they are young.  They will, in turn, make healthier lifestyle choices when they are grown. They in turn, can teach their children those healthy habits. It becomes the norm. 

So, what we can do, we can continue to help people one order at a time with freshly prepared meals that are perfectly portioned and sodium restricted. We know we can help and have seen countless success stories from people in our 30+ years of doing this.

If you know of someone like any of those great men we’ve lost prematurely, please help them. They will thank you when their health improves and they are able to live a longer life! 

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Our Seattle Sutton’s 2016 Slim Down Contest is coming to a close soon -- only 2 weeks to go -- and our contestants are doing great. They have lost a combined total of 111.8 pounds in 8 weeks. 

Who’s in the leading? Well, check out these impressive numbers for this week’s peek at how they are doing: 

1st: Jim is down 25.6 pounds and 13.68 percent of his body weight!

2nd: JoJean is down 27.4 pounds and 12.67 percent of her body weight!

3rd: Cindy is down 26.6 pounds and 10.8 percent of her body weight! 

Check back here each week, visit our website or Facebook and Twitter for the latest on contest information.

 

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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.

Comments

Jan Wilke

March 2, 2016 11:28

I enjoyed reading this blogpost so very much. As always, great information and I love that you are all "real people" at this amazing company, thank you so much for all that you do to offer great health in such a convenient and yummy way and congrats to all of the folks who are in the "slim down" !!! :)


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