Is Obesity a Problem in the Church?
The article below is written by Jordan Rubin, Author of the Maker’s Diet. Jordan expresses his view of the obesity tragedy in our churches today. I couldn’t agree with him more, which is why I am posting this article. Keep reading, as this is a very real epidemic in America.
This article explores a topic that is very dear to me. It’s something that I have taught about extensively over the last decade as I have traveled the country speaking in churches and at faith-based events. Simply put, the health of The Church in America is a travesty. The Church is called to be a city on a hill, but in my estimation, it more closely resembles a bump on a log when it comes to health.
Here are some shocking statistics from the article:
- “Christians are by far the heaviest of all religious groups led by the Baptists with a 30% obesity rate compared with Jews at 1%, Buddhists and Hindus at 0.7%.”
- “Young adults who attend church or a bible study once a week are 50% more likely to be obese” than the general population.
- “People who attended church were more likely than non-church members to be 20 percent overweight and have higher cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.”
- A 2001 study showed that “76% of clergy members were overweight or obese compare to 61% of the general population.”
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