“Isn’t it just about eating less biscuits?” someone asked me when I said I would be doing an evening on weight loss! That is like saying to an alcoholic that it is just about ordering water instead. That is one of the many unhelpful attitudes that face genuine dieters. If Christians treated alcoholics like they do dieters... well they wouldn’t!
Awhile back I blogged about my journey losing, what this week should reach, 4 stone in weight. I was a little taken aback by the
response. So many thanked me for talking about the subject. I will be honest if I had inspired as many people to follow Jesus as I have to start losing weight I’d be up for Bill Graham’s job! I have realised how this is a subject that no one talks about, that bubbles under in many peoples’ lives and the Church is mostly silent about it and in many ways unhelpful.
So, on Sunday night I will share my journey. How did I get overweight? What caused me to start losing weight? Why did this attempt work? What did I stop eating/start eating? What else did I do? What were the biggest helps? What were the highest hurdles?
There has been a huge media campaign on various angles about
obesity this January. From Billboards warning men that a waist size beyond 37 inches is dangerous, to radio reports on post Christmas weight loss, to Coco Cola looking at the calories in their drinks, to Stephen Nolan’s documentary on the effects of obesity and his battle with it. I am thinking that this is a cultural issue. Eating habits have changed. Obesity is a health catastrophe and financial burden to the Health Service. What should the Church think? What does the Bible say? What does it mean to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit? In what
ways does our twenty first century Christianity deal with this contemporary issue? Are there things that the Church needs to face and change?
In my struggle I have come to believe that this is a community issue and even if you have no problem with weight don’t think it doesn’t affect you. I have found fellow Christians really helpful and really
unhelpful in my own battle. No one is an island. We all play our part. Some of our behavioural patterns, throwaway phrases and faulty behavioural codes have their impact on people’s lives.
This is also a sensitive subject and I need to be so. There is no blue print. I will share advantages that I might have in my fight that
others might not have. I will give a template and a story and others will have to make their own way through their own issues. There is also the fear that we have as much issue with anorexia in our Church culture as obesity and we need to be aware that there is a fine balance in healthy diets.
If you are concerned about yourself, someone close to you or about being a better brother or sister to others in the Church family then you might find it helpful.
(Trimming The Tubbie Temple @ Fitzroy on Sunday 3rd February 2013 @ 7pm)