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Statement from Seattle Sutton Regarding the Nation’s Health Crisis

Posted on 11/12/2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Healthy Eating Advocate Asks Insurance Industry to Consider Inexpensive Preventative Treatment for Obesity Related Diseases to Save Billions

Ottawa, Ill. (November 12, 2008) -- Seattle Sutton, healthy eating advocate and founder and president of Seattle’s Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), asks the health insurance industry to consider an inexpensive treatment for obesity related diseases costing billions a year. Healthy meals could be the key in preventing and curing costly diseases and conditions caused by obesity. Numerous studies prove the importance of healthy, balanced diets for preventing and treating diseases.

Sutton, a registered nurse who turned entrepreneur twenty-three years ago to help people eat healthy, understands our nation is in a health care crisis that needs addressing to save tax-payers money they simply don’t have during a rocky economy. She hears the problem nearly every day in her business – people with serious health conditions that could be averted through a healthy diet. The solution is obvious. A wise health insurance company CEO looking to increase profit and make a positive contribution to society can make a difference. Spend a little now and save a lot in the long-term.

SSHE operates on a small profit margin. But even that requires a price too high for many people who desperately desire to be on the meal plan. Therefore, Sutton believes that with the help of insurance companies, thousands of people could regain their health without costly surgery.

"The two main reasons for our situation is increasing medical costs and lack of insurance coverage. But, that’s not the entire picture. Americans are sliding into health hell because of overeating and unhealthy consumption choices," said Sutton.

Sutton continues, "The solution to the health epidemic in this country is to provide preventative treatments, like healthy meals, instead of costly treatments after the fact. If we help our at-risk citizens to eat healthy, well-balanced, portion-controlled meals, then we can increase life quality and reduce medical costs. The financial burden would be greatly reduced for everyone. It’s a win-win scenario for those with failing health, our government and insurance companies – it’s also a boon for the average tax-payer."

"Because Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is the only company I know providing a 21-meal-a-week healthy eating, calorie controlled plan, some will say that what I am advising is self-serving. To an extent, that’s true. My company will benefit. However, we already are a successful business and we’re run by women, all nurses, whose mission is healing, not greed. It breaks our heart when people come to us and we can’t help them," Sutton said.

Sutton’s Story:

Sutton’s dedication to health began more than 50 years ago when she left her small-town in North Dakota to attend college. Once there, she developed healthy menus and mailed them home to her mother, for her to prepare for her ill father. Her father tipped the scales at 385 pounds and suffered from various obesity-related diseases before eventually succumbing to congestive heart failure and diabetes.

Troubled by her father’s health, Sutton set out 23 years ago to create a company to help change the eating habits of Americans. Her mission is to provide healthy eating meals to as many people as possible. The meals, affordable to many, but still too costly for some people who need them the most. That’s where Sutton thinks insurance companies could assist and pay for part of them to reduce claims and increase health of their members.

SSHE has thousands of testimonies including diabetics and cardiac patients who have found new life—literally—from eating the meals. Sutton has no doubt that healthy eating is a strong and proven curative. On the average, people lose about 2 pounds a week on the SSHE program. This may not seem like much, but it’s authentic weight loss, and habits are developed that can make it permanent.

If an obese person is on SSHE for 25 weeks, it’s likely they will lose between 40 and 50 pounds. The health benefits are obvious. Everyone wins—the individual, the insurer, the employer and our country. If an insurance company covered half of the cost for 25 weeks of our meal plan, they would spend less than $1,500, instead of the tens of thousands they are doomed to pay later.

About SSHE:

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

Obesity Statistics:

  • The effects of obesity are devastating for millions. Almost 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.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently 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! Hundreds of thousands remain undiagnosed. Medical expenses to treat and control diabetes are staggering.