I come from a Christian background with good moral teachings at a family level and beyond. In my up bring I can state with certainty that apart from when in school all my days were spent either in the church or in a church related event or function, and so I am a son of the church if I may put it that way. Why this introduction in this health topic? Is there any meaningful relationship between the church (religion) and obesity as a health risk today? Answering these questions will form the basis of this article and I take the earliest opportunity to seek your indulgence to take a moment and read on.
You are probably wondering why obesity in the church set up, I was wondering too but listen to this, in my introduction I mention that “apart from time spent in school, all my days were spent either in church or in a church related function” to understand this better let us discuss some of the orders of my church, every:
- Mondays the church has fellowships in various local languages and this is a door to door event done in rotation depending on your cell group.
- Tuesdays is set aside for senior believer’s fellowship that is those who are very strong and undoubtedly faithful to the doctrines of the church as spelt in the bible.
- Wednesdays is for fellowship conducted in the national language meaning all ethnic groups attend in their respective cells (i.e.., eastern, western, central and more)
- Thursdays is church bible study.
- Fridays all the cell groups of Wednesdays have one regional meeting in a given location.
- Saturdays is dedicated for young adult’s fellowship.
- Sunday we have four different church services.
As you can see each day of the week is occupied. Now back to the problem of obesity in all these events and many others not mention there is food every time these meeting takes place. The feasting after each event is normally not under any control. Host members take their day and entertain their guest in their own way. You can now start to understand where I am heading to. The kinds of meals prepared are so luring and appetizing that everyone will always ask for more. At this time the knowledge of healthy feeding habits is not a consideration and faithful can only feast and make merry.
You can margin if you subscribe to all these groups and you are committed in each on a daily, weekly and monthly basis not withstanding your own poor feeding style at the restaurants and even at home, you will certainly become addicted to food and poor you it is with the wrong kinds of food which are not in any way healthy at all. It’s no wonder some studies have established that young adults who frequently attend religious activities are fifty percent more likely to become obese by middle age as compared with young adults with no religious involvement
We may not categorically state that religious participation is associated with development of obesity, but looking at the narrations above it’s possible that getting together weekly and associating good works and happiness with eating unhealthy foods could lead to the development of habits that are associated with greater body weight and obesity.”
Previous research established a correlation between religious involvement and obesity in middle-age and older adults at a single point in time. By tracking participants’ weight gain over time, however the new study makes it clear that the normal weight of younger adults with high religious involvement became obese, rather than obese adults becoming more religious, this research is being presented at the American Heart Association’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism/Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention Scientific Sessions 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Obesity is the major epidemic that is facing the globe’s population right now. We know that people with obesity have substantial risks for developing diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer, and of dying much younger. It’s therefore very important that we use all of the tools at our disposal to identify groups at risk and to provide education and support to prevent the development of obesity in the first place. Once the weight is on, it is much harder to lose it. Knowing this, as writers and the society at large we must caution that the research findings should by all means be taken to mean that people with frequent religious involvement are more likely to become obese and not that they have worse overall health status than those who are non-religious. This is because we all can testify that people with frequent religious involvement tend to live longer than those who aren’t religious in part because they tend to smoke or take alcoholic drinks less if not at all.
Here’s an opportunity for religious organizations to initiate programs to help their congregations live even longer. The organizations already have groups of people getting together and infrastructures in place that could be leveraged to initiate programs that prevent people from becoming obese and treat existing obesity. This is an action point and these groups must desire to embrace teachings on how dietary changes and increased physical activity can lower cardiovascular disease risk factors such as obesity, cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Now that you know how to gain weight and become obese in the religion set up you need to make a positive decision about this problem. It’s not something you would want to try but instead run away from as much as you can. I want to make this conclusion remarks for you who is reading this article, if you are already have the problem of weight gain or obesity or if you know of a friend or relative going through this, help is just a stone through away with doctor Dalal Akoury of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. Doctor Akoury cares for you and will focus on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE. This is something you don’t want to miss if you wish to have your life back and live it to the fullest.