Overweight people are adding to health care burden
September 03, 2009
"One part 'real life' advice, two parts healthy lifestyle, and a splash of initiative is all you need to find a slimmer, healthier you." That's the advice of Jerry Sorlucco, political figure and author from New Hampshire, who found himself having gained more than 100 pounds over a healthy weight since his retirement.

In 2006 at the age of 69, Sorlucco found himself weighing more than he ever had. At a peak of 270 pounds, he vetoed the diet ‘fads”, and instead chose his own route to a healthy weight – a “new manner of living” that allowed him to eat normally but mindfully, exercise daily, and ultimately win his personal battle with the bulge.

In a broader scope, Sorlucco, who does not claim to be a dietitian, doctor or anyone with those kinds of credentials, asserts that if Americans make a better overall effort to maintain a healthier weight and lifestyle, this could potentially play a large role in alleviating health care issues. Simply put, if Americans lose weight, health-related issues that result from being overweight will subside, and the burden of overpriced health care may be lessened.

“Over two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and over one-third (approximately 133 million) are obese,” informs Sorlucco. “This puts them at a high risk of developing chronic diseases that are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths killing over 1.7 million people a year. He calls these statistics, "frightening."

Sorlucco served as a commercial airline captain for almost 40 years with US Airways, up until his retirement in 1997. He was the founder and chair of the Northern New Hampshire Democratic Party Committee. Currently, he serves on two public service boards, North Country Home Health Hospice and the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance.

He has written numerous opinion pieces for newspapers on topics ranging from politics to aviation, some of which were award winners. His latest book is The Two Martini Diet: How I Lost 100+ lbs. While Eating Well and Having a Drink. Previous book titles include A Good Stick: An Airline Captain Lives the History of 20th Century Commercial Aviation and Facing Fascism: The Threat to American Democracy in the 21st Century.

Sorlucco remains a well-known political figure in Littleton, NH, where he resides with his wife, Sue, and their beloved dogs and cat.

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