I don't want to beat a dead horse, and I did already blog about this topic this week, but what in the world is going on?

I was on the news cruise today, and found an article from CNN about the corelation between faith and fat. 


In short, "Churches pay more attention to obvious vices like smoking or drinking," said Matthew Feinstein, lead author of the research and fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Our best guess about why is that…more frequent participation in church is associated with good works and people may be rewarding themselves with large meals that are more caloric in nature than we would like."

How are we supposed to lead the world in God's Design for Life, if we can't get a hold of our own bodies? 

I'm as guilty as the next person for eating too much, putting on too much weight, and not paying attention to the quality of food in my body.  So I'm comitting to you, the readers, to do a weekly health update. 

You don't have to go run a marathon.
You don't have to join a gym, or run with the local club.
You don't have to bike the Tour de France.

But let's try and share health tips here on the blog, so the world can know more about our faith than our obesity!  Not to mention, this is our Body.  Given to us by God.  Made in His image.  We should be well to take care of it. 



  1. I do not mean to be disrespectful in saying this but I am genuinely surprised that someone as intelligent as you would give this bogus, heavily skewed “study result” any credence whatsoever. It’s ridiculous. Obesity is a part of every human demographic and it has absolutely nothing to do with church. NOTHING. I contend that it is much more related to the fact that schools and corporate America are demanding more and more time while taking away physical education, adequate vacation time, health care, etc. Americans are overworked and underpaid, and that has resulted in mass exhaustion and depression which leaves most people with only enough energy to melt into their couches with some greasy, sweet comfort fast food at the end of any given workday. Making a living takes everything we have. There is no time, money, or energy left to pursue healthy activity. I challenge these “researchers” to do an honest study of the correlation between these factors. I’m willing to “bet” that the results will be far more convincing and legitimate than the ones that have been used to label church goers as chronic overeaters.
    And because I know some of the readers here will make assumptions….
    I am a Christian, I attend church, and I work out 2-3 hours at my local Wellness Center every day under the guidance of an outstanding trainer. I am neither unhealthy, nor obese though there have been times in my life when I was both because my work schedule was such that I simply did not have the time or energy to take good care of myself. I know many, many people who would love to follow me to the gym every day but by the time they make it to the end of their exhausting, mentally taxing workday, they genuinely don’t have the strength to do so. By the time they get off work, get home, feed the family, tie up necessary loose ends, help with kid’s homework, etc. it’s bedtime. If our government wants to reduce obesity, then they need to pass laws that raise wages, guarantee health coverage (including preventive care), require all workplaces to offer adequate down time and access to a gym be it on site, or via membership to local gyms. Put physical education back into the school curriculum at every age level and reinstate the time-honored tradition of elementary school recess. Given time and opportunity, MANY overweight Americans will gladly make an effort toward winning the battle of the bulge. And you know what? I contend that church attendance will actually increase if Americans are given time and opportunity to slim down because once we’re all healthier, we’ll feel less desperate to reserve Sunday mornings for sleeping in.
    Regardless, I vehemently reject the original theory and call upon the members of the research team to offer up full disclosure regarding the who, what, when, where, how, of their questionable study. I’m not buying it.

  2. Thanks for your comments. I especially am concerned with those of you demeaning the article as not worth the statistical analysis. This wasn’t only a story at CNN. It was also reported at USA Today, fox news, and local papers all over the country. I think the validity of the article forces us to re-think how we live life. If we are too busy, underpaid, or eating comfort food, it might be time we examine those priorities so that we can once again control life, rather than letting life control us. I agree there are many who are leading a life of existence rather than a life of existing.
    I’ll use the axiom, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m just reporting what people are finding. It’s our job to evaluate truth where there is truth, and throw away the things that don’t relate.
    Let’s not let our love of the church be a cloud that might overshadow some of the areas we need to change.

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