* A totally unscientific observation so feel free to disagree!
I have long wondered (based upon pure observation rather than scientific study) if ones choice of church affects a person’s weight. I was reminded of my pondering when I saw this cartoon on Monday:
From my observation, as someone who has struggled all her life with weight issues, ones church can influence ones girth for the good or the bad. It seems to me (and again I have no scientific facts to back me up!) that the more reformed and conservative a church is the congregation are less overweight. On the other hand the more charismatic the church the more plump the congregation. Perhaps someday I might actually wonder enough to follow up my ponderings and put them to the test.
My theory is that churches that teach disciplined lives produce slimmer people – emphasising our effort in seeking after God. Other churches emphasis how God makes us feel and what He does for us – focusing on receiving Him. Both are different aspects of the spiritual life – we cannot earn God through disciplines, just as we are to be responsible stewards of what God has given us, including our own bodies. I’m not sure if this works out practically – at my biggest I was worshipping in a Presbyterian Church and at my smallest I was both in the Presbyterian and Baptist (in two different countries but actually two very similar churches!). But for me my weight is often an indicator of my walk with God and whether I am being disciplined my life – for me the two are tied. God wants to be worshipped with all of our life – physical, spiritual and mental:
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
We often limit our worship to one aspect of life, but we can do so much more to worship him with our whole lives. What about you – does your choice of church affect your weight?