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Seattle Sutton Calls for National Committee to Tackle Obesity

Posted on 04/15/2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Healthy Eating Expert Makes Recommendation to Save Taxpayers Billions on Healthcare

"We are in the midst of a great obesity epidemic, a crisis threatening us individually and collectively. The United States needs to establish an End the National Obesity Epidemic (ENOE) task force. I urge President Obama to consider the formation of a working committee dedicated to fighting obesity," said Seattle Sutton, RN, BSN, Founder and President of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

"The cost benefits of its successes would measure billions and billions of dollars. In fact, emphasizing practical solutions to reduce and eliminate obesity might just save enough money to help us solve our overall health care problem," said Sutton.

Sutton continues, "Ending the national obesity epidemic will require some difficult decisions, putting political and philosophical ideals aside. Programs need to be created and goals need to be set to make this a reality or we’re going to be burying more and more Americans due to obesity. Since the insurance industry is seemingly too short-sighted to incorporate healthy eating and portion control into their treatment programs, the government needs to take a regulatory position on this matter."

A healthy eating expert for more than two decades, Sutton, is dedicated to helping people improve their health through portion and calorie-controlled meals and believes now is the time to tackle an ever-growing health crisis in this country, obesity and obesity-related diseases.

Sutton asserts the need has come to have government intervention help the American public end the obesity epidemic that’s plaguing this country and taxing our ailing healthcare system. Various estimates place the cost of treating obesity-related diseases during the next twenty years as ranging from $4.7 trillion to $6.5 trillion. These estimates are increasing as the scope of the obesity epidemic becomes more evident.

Others recognize the huge impact the obesity epidemic is costing our country, Sutton is not alone. National obesity expert, MeMe Roth, president of National Action Against Obesity, agrees with Sutton that we must get a grasp on the obesity situation in the U.S. Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias commends Sutton for her fight to help solve the growing obesity problem.

"Twenty percent of our preschoolers, thirty percent of our school-aged kids, fifty percent of our young adults, nearly seventy percent of our adults--that's the progression of overweight in America eating away at our health, hopes and dreams," said MeMe Roth, President of National Action Against Obesity. "President Obama is implored to support a non-partisan, non-lobbyist, non-industry task force to end obesity. America's current course of obesity leads to disease, disfigurement and disability. In the United States of America, every child deserves a chance to grow up healthy. Without health there is no pursuit of happiness."

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias said, "Healthy eating is crucial to ending the obesity epidemic in America. I commend Illinois’ own Seattle Sutton for volunteering her time and expertise on a task force to solve this public health crisis, and I encourage the President to pair nutrition with food assistance programs as he moves forward with a public health agenda."

For more information about Sutton’s thoughts on the ENOE, visit her blog where she’s discussing the need, calling for action and willing to help end obesity. Go to seattlesutton.com and click on "Seattle’s blog" then select the blogs titled "Saving Almost Six Trillion Dollars" and "A Regulatory Position."

About Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), a family-owned, Illinois-based healthy meal replacement company offers a no-gimmick approach to convenient, healthy eating nationwide. The meal program is scientifically designed and taste-tested.

Founded by Seattle Sutton, RN, BSN, in 1985, SSHE helps to address patients’ desire to lose weight and improve overall health. Seattle Sutton’s dedication to health continues today, since all SSHE menus are analyzed on an ongoing basis and adhere to recommended dietary guidelines.

SSHE prepares thousands of fresh meals weekly and its innovative approach has helped thousands of people achieve and maintain weight loss without planning, shopping or cooking for themselves. For more information, www.seattlesutton.com or 1-800-442-DIET (3438). For business-related inquiries, 1-888-442-DIET (3438).

ADDENDUM

Sutton cites some staggering statistics when discussing the need to intervene. The casualties of obesity are devastating for millions:

  • Nearly 70 percent of adults in this country are overweight.
  • Eighty-six percent of Americans will be overweight or obese by 2030.
  • By 2048, all Americans would become overweight or obese, if the current trend continues.
  • More than 24 million Americans have diabetes and another 6 million more are unaware they have diabetes.
  • In 2007, at least 57 million American adults were estimated to have pre-diabetes.
  • Almost 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the incidence of newly diagnosed diabetes cases nearly doubled in the last decade. That translates into almost two million additional diabetics in the last four years alone.
  • Medical expenses to treat and control diabetes are enormous.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Approximately 700,000 women and men die of heart disease each year.
  • The cost of cardiac care is $300 billion a year, increasing annually. This tally covers medication and services, work absenteeism and lost productivity.
  • Additionally, 160,000 people die each year from strokes.
  • Currently about 565,650 Americans are expected to die of cancer each year, more than 1,500 people a day.
  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease.
  • In the U.S., cancer accounts for 1 of every 4 deaths.