Religion and obesity

by Richard on March 27, 2011

In America, Church makes you fat. Allegedly.

via Allan Bevere

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }


Kim 03.27.11 at 12:10 pm

I’ve got a little book by Os Guinness called Fit Bodies, Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don’t Think and What to Do about It (1995). It looks like what they’ve been doing about it during the last fifteen years is to eat more, while at least the emergents are thinking more.


Earl 03.27.11 at 1:59 pm

The NUFSM study points to but sheds no light the issue. Shared meals and fellowship may possibly factor into an explanation. The role of acceptance is intriguing. Weight gain after marriage is possibly a factor. Congregations can typically be expected to reflect the food traditions of members and area culture. Perhaps overeating is more acceptable that drug abuse. Interestingly the sum of research is that people of faith are longer lived, etc. A very likely reason that the “lets move” initiative is not well received among Christian evangelicals likely stems from a lack of credibility on the part of those who are sponsoring it and those who are leading it.

As far as staying in shape is concerned… 30 years after graduation, I am 12 lbs. over my college weight. Most of my family and friends are in good condition. Our idea of fun is a free for all game of football or extreme Frisbee and then a big cookout. Perhaps the survey needs to look at a broader sample of subjects.


jogger 03.27.11 at 2:29 pm

From personal experience when one is lighter one feels better, more vigorous and has more energy.

My weight has fluctuated from 14st up to 21st in the last six years.
As a former Professional boxer in the late 90’s I know I’m best at about 15st 7lbs. Fitter, quicker, can get out of the way, move my feet into position , handspeed.
At 19st 8lb (last fight) I am slow in mind and body

The biblical diet is God’s 2nd message to us in the book of Genesis 1:29.
We can never be fat on a diet like that. I need to cut out cheese and choc!!!!!
(But I have never eaten meat, fish or poultry- I need to go the extra step)


Richard 03.27.11 at 8:46 pm

Jogger — I’ll be polite to you in future!


jogger 03.27.11 at 10:54 pm

No. Richard man! I would rather you keep me in line!


Alec Macph 03.28.11 at 3:58 pm

I must say, I rarely see a troop of the Sally Army without there being a major fatty present.



Tony Buglass 03.28.11 at 4:21 pm

“Major fatty” - so he got promoted, then? ;)


Alec Macph 03.28.11 at 4:35 pm


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