Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Official Response From Seattle Sutton's Corporate Headquarters

After receiving a couple of responses from the Minnesota and Michigan franchisees for Seattle Sutton's (UN)Healthy Eating, I've finally heard back from the Communications Director April Stevens with the official response to my concerns regarding their ridicule of the low-carb lifestyle as a healthy alternative to the low-fat/low-calorie diets.

Here's what I received:

Dear Mr. Moore:

I write in response to your comments about our company's attitude about the low carb diet. Simply put, we do not agree with the low carb precepts. We think it is a fad diet which may not serve its adherents well in the long term. Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating believes healthy, balanced, scientifically-based, portion-controlled meals are the best answer. Our position is backed up by twenty years of successfully helping our clients.

April Stevens
Director of Communications
Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating

Okay, so I didn't expect them to explain themselves any more than this, but this answer still leaves a lot to be desired. Why don't they agree with livin' la vida low-carb? What about it makes them think it is just a "fad diet" (how many times has that been used since Dr. Robert Atkins came on the scene with it in the early 1970s?) and why won't they acknowledge it has helped so many achieve a healthy weight and vasty improved health?

As for the twenty-year track record of helping their clients, Atkins has an even LONGER track record of giving people a healthy, scientifically-based, carb-controlled approach to permanent weight loss. Overlooking this clear fact is not only ignorant, but dishonest. Seattle Sutton ought to be ashamed of herself for being a part of such an extreme position regarding health.

If people enjoy her meals, then that's fine and she can keep making a profit on the low-fat/low-calorie lie. But let's get one thing straight. It's a lot easier and much more satisfying to be livin' la vida low-carb than it is to be sufferin' la vida low-fat/low-calorie! Never again for me!

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