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Does Going to Church Make You Fat?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An interesting article in the Tribune today:


My family always went to church when I was younger. I was raised on Sunday School and social church functions. My grandparents are still very involved with their church groups - my grandmother was the President of the UCW Club and Grandpa has always been an active member in the men's leagues. Both LOVE their sweets and high calorie church functions, that's for sure.

I think there is something to be said here about churches being tied to many people's social interactions and since food weighs so heavily in all of that with so many of us, they should be on a mission to make their congregations healthier!
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  • CORKY982
    My church hosts a healthy living workshop every Friday afternoon/evening, and our functions have a mix of the healthy and the un-healthy. I think if you try and categorize what makes you fat, it should be expanded to more than church. It is office food, cafeteria food away at school, etc.
    2609 days ago
    I am seeing a mix of fresh fruit and veggies alongside the cookies at my church. I love that the healthy choices are there, and am encouraged by the fact that the church is reminding us that our food choices are important.

    Years ago, I developed an ability to turn down donuts at church because they were always there! That was a different church, and a younger, more active crowd. Maybe the healthy choices at my current church are a reflection of all of us watching our health as we get older!
    2610 days ago
    Oprah did a show on this when she got a letter from a preacher down south asking for her support.
    Oprah brought all the church ladies to Chicago and did a fitness and nutrition makeover on them.
    Wonder if she ever did a follow up show on them.
    2616 days ago
    you hit the nail on the head. that is my biggest issue about functions at my church. we complain about being overweight then here comes the all you can eat carb blast. somewhere along the way, we need to get a clue. thanks for bringing this up.
    2617 days ago
    Interesting article. My in-laws are Southern baptists. Food is certainly a focus at their special events and weight is definitely an issue for my sisters-in-law. I do think that they bring their attitudes about food to church with them. But church could be an excellent place to support a change toward healthy eating by becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
    2617 days ago
    Just this week I was speaking to a woman about her church functions and the high calorie foods they used to offer. Those who attended requested and then started bringing healthier options after they realized desserts had become the main course. Now they feast on seasonal fruit, raw veggies and an assortment of proteins. The desserts are still there but are not the focus.

    When socializing, at church or other functions, often the food becomes the focus. It's my preference to focus on the people or task at hand instead of the food - the food should be secondary.

    Thanks for sharing.
    2617 days ago
    What an interesting article! I love that one woman created the fit ministry to help keep her congregation healthy. I definitely notice all of the sweets at church on Sunday, that is the only option as a matter of fact. Also at bible study there are at least 3 pies from Baker's Square set out. For me, I ignore all of it. It's just not worth it. Or I bring my own snack in my bag. I definitely think there's a link here, and also I would be interested in seeing how people in the Corporate world measure up - I've worked in an office job for almost 20 yrs. and there are always sweets, pot lucks, lunches, etc., and there is never a healthy option! I once worked at Sara Lee where sweets were encouraged in the mornings, all set out (and Sara Lee of course) - and with sitting at a sedentary job combined with the food, ka-pow, it's a double whammy!

    Thanks for posting this. Gives me an idea for a future ministry at my church. I always thought it would be fun to lead Leslie walk classes there. LOL.
    2617 days ago
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