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The Church and Eating

by csmith - September 28, 2007 - 8:11 am

Jim’s comments in the previous post reminded me of a piece that I wrote for an internet journal about 10 years ago…  I’m posting it here to continue the conversation about the church and eating…

Fat Christians in an Age of Hunger?:
New research finds the Church typically heavier
than non-churched segments of society

by chris smith

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31, RSV

In recent years, obesity has become an increasingly greater threat to the public health of the United States. Our average body weight continues to climb, and the National Center for Health Statistics has named “excess body weight” as a primary focus for public health intervention. Given the grim context of our public health, the results of new research by Purdue University’s Kenneth Ferraro should serve as warning bells for the Church. These findings — entitled “Firm Believers? Religion, Body Weight and Well-Being” — showed a significant correlation between obesity and the practice of Christianity.

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