Articles related to Obesity


3 Things Your Church Can Do to Curb Hunger, Obesity
3 Things Your Church Can Do to Curb Hunger, Obesity

By: Zach Dawes
On numerous fronts, hunger and obesity are reaching alarming numbers, yet the relationship between malnourishment and obesity is complex. Here are 3 things your church can do to combat these trends.

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Should Churches Speak Up About Unhealthy Food Choices?
Should Churches Speak Up About Unhealthy Food Choices?

By: Zach Dawes
Food companies and restaurants spend millions each year on advertising their products to millions of viewers. Should churches place a greater emphasis on human health and the food we eat?

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3 Reasons Why So Many Ministers are Fat
3 Reasons Why So Many Ministers are Fat

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Obesity is a problem both within and without the church, but ministers seem to have a particular problem with being overweight. Here are three reasons why that's the case.

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Time to Exercise a Theology of Physical Fitness
Time to Exercise a Theology of Physical Fitness
By: James Ellis
Your body is a precious gift that you should honor God with by treating it with great care. That means getting adequate rest and sleep, committing to physical fitness and eating healthy.
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Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
When civil rights groups align with disease-causing industries and oppose initiatives to improve the health of their communities, they work against their own communities' common good.
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Soda Summit Connects Obesity and Sugary Drinks
Soda Summit Connects Obesity and Sugary Drinks
Sugar-sweetened beverages –soda, sports drinks and fruit juices – make up the largest source of calories in the American diet. And our waistlines are growing as proof.
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New York Mayor Connects Obesity and Smoking
New York Mayor Connects Obesity and Smoking
The mayor of the Big Apple proposed a ban on sugar-laden soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, pointing out that obesity will kill more people than smoking in a few years.
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If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
Obesity health problems cost up to $190 billion annually. Will a campaign similar to the anti-smoking effort help reduce obesity rates? And will churches be involved?
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Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
The global community's diet is unbalanced. Millions face daily hunger; millions of others who struggle with obesity are eating themselves to death. How will we respond to this imbalance?
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Isn't It Time Churches Cared About Physical Health?
Isn't It Time Churches Cared About Physical Health?
If Christians really believe we are created in the image of God, then we need to address people's health – not just their souls. Maybe retiring sugar-laden donuts before our services is a good place to start.
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Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Obesity isn't a laughing matter, an issue to be set aside with dismissive excuses that some folk like to eat fried food. And it's most dramatic in the South – home to nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of adult obesity.
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Why Many Churches Won't Scale Back Their Potlucks
Why Many Churches Won't Scale Back Their Potlucks
When it comes to encouraging good health, churches fall in one of two camps. The first focuses on behavior; the other on internal transformation. Sadly, too many chose the first option.
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Nation Weighs in on Remedies to Obesity
Nation Weighs in on Remedies to Obesity
Obesity is a real problem; more than 20 percent of preschoolers are obese or overweight. But the issue is complicated by deep disagreements rooted in conflicting ideologies and vested corporate interests.
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Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
Young adults who regularly attend religious services are more likely to become obese by middle age, says a recent study. Obesity is more than poor personal choices. It's a social justice issue and a spiritual matter.
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Evangelicals Resist Obama’s Childhood Obesity Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are the only major religious group where a majority opposes the federal government’s efforts to reduce childhood obesity.
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You're Not Really Fat – If Everyone Else Is Fatter
You're Not Really Fat – If Everyone Else Is Fatter
Need to be thin? Don't waste time losing weight. Just move to Tennessee – tied for the second fattest state in the nation. Then at least you'll be thinner than most everyone else.
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Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
More than 300,000 people die every year because of complications related to obesity. Muslim organizations in Illinois are leading several initiatives to promote physical fitness, healthy diet and exercise.
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Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Bible-believing Christians are living big – and driving up health-care costs. And most churches avoid moral teachings about gluttony and the social injustice that contributes to obesity.
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