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Why are so many Christian women fat and obese, it is so sad to see these women pretending like everything is ok when they are abusing their bodies with food. The body is the temple of God not to be used as a garbage dump for junk food. Am I correct?

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 ---Rachel on 8/21/07
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hello,Family,wow!(prayerfully) first,let's be kind to one another..2.Trish is right alot of us went thru abuse,etc.3.If the Lord had not brought me through(and now living with cancer)well,I wud of been cry'nread all this but,the Lord been good to me/obese or whatever! I love you all & we need to be kind,loving,caring / my daughter went againstour heredity(be fat!) she bulimic & anoresic almost died! cancer doctor told me you can eat whatever.. I am happy. I work out and feel fine.Love,ELENA
---ELENA on 12/6/11

Ha!ha! I am laugh'this old blogg but,that attitude probably,still 'round. In big cities nobody goin' to help you!so,I thank God He step' in when I found myself,desperate sick,couldn't eat (surgery,chemo..)likeI say He been there for me 24/7 wheneverybody turn away... It was hard but,the Lord helpme get this far He take me through....Made up my mind be happy inspite of...
---ELENA on 12/6/11

The body is the temple of God not to be used as a garbage dump for junk food. Am I correct? i believe You are correct,this agreement does not in anyway make me less guilty of having a love of chocolate :D
---kevin5443 on 12/6/11

FROM THAILAND- I live in Thailand, and my girlfriend and I were watching Joyce Meyer. My girlfriend is Filipina. She said, "Wow,90% of the women there are overweight." I said, "Yes, CHRISTIAN WOMEN FOCUS MORE ON THE HEART, AND LESS ON THE APPEARANCE." It's a sad reality that being a Christian woman seems to make it OK to let yourself go." It has NOTHING TO DO WITH JUDGING SIN...
---John_Demers on 12/5/11

Anything that is not of faith is sin. Each person will stand before the judgment of Christ for the deeds done in his/her own body. Only the person and God's Word knows if being overweight is a sin to that particular person (Hebrews 4:12). This is not something a BLOG can discipher. Or bloggers may find themselves sinning.
---Diana on 12/26/07

There have already been some good answers here. My two cents worth, my wife, whom I love very dearly is "obese." She isn't an over-eater, nor an exceedingly sinful person. I think her problem stems from possibly allergic reaction, as she is allergic to just about every type of food. She is not sin-less, but, that is not the cause of her problem. As has already been said, quit judging people for assumed sins, love them and pray for them. Lest any think wrongly, I am obese, too.
---tommy3007 on 12/25/07

yes, it is sad to see these women, so that is where compassion & unconditional acceptance comes in! they may be overweight but they may have beautiful & kind hearts. so do not mistreat them!
---kai on 12/24/07

Christians should look at things like exercise and healthy eating as ways that we can live longer, and thus be able to share Christ with more people. Sadly, some never think of this and die at a young age from not taking care of themselves. Also, some fall into the belief that God handpicks the day we die, which I disagree with because he gives us free will. God's certainly capable of "taking us" whenver he wants, but I just don't believe he does. He lets us have a say in it.
---Greyrider on 12/21/07

Christ said,"Judge not lest ye be judged for the judgement that ye mete shall be measured unto you." Comments such as these tend to be the kind that God chasten us for. Be very careful how you speak. For offences must come but woe unto them from the offence cometh. James said that a man that offend not in word is a perfect man. be ye perfect. It is one thing to offend with the word of God, because that is not our word but His. Don't take things out of text.
---jody on 12/19/07

Act 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
Act 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

---Crystal on 8/25/07

When you came out of the occult, are you sure that every area was dealt with?
---Crystal on 8/25/07

When these people tell their tearful farewells, and we can clearly see you've never left the building, you've posed yourself as everything but Jesse James - why would I believe a single word of anything you've said about Jesus Christ?
I don't know what really is the matter with you, but I do know you're manifesting and acting out something that is not holy or Godly. You've pulled this for two years because "it's fun and you can".
---Crystal on 8/25/07

Helen, I'm not overweight but some how I must have the gift of encouragment because I alway know what to say to motivate people in a positive way. I speak to their heart. I find myself giving advice on things about which I have never myself been through. Like Mothering, and raising children, and so on. so I disagree with you. Your be surprized how God will pick the most unlikliest person to speak a word to your heart.

Be Bless Beloved!!
---Marcia on 8/24/07

The worst people to converse with when you have a weight problem is those who have never ever had to worry about it. I am overweight and apparently it is a medication I am on, which my doctor is going to change. No, it is not a sin to be overweight.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/07

twyla, my heart goes out to you and I do understand what you have been through. I was the opposite of where you are now. As I stated in my previous post, I used to have a weight problem. I used to weigh 270 lbs. and now weigh 137 lbs. I lost the weight because of health problems, but as far as the pain from an accident you are describing, I have seen my husband go through exactly what you went through due to an accident. He went from 140 lbs. to 220 lbs.
---Cynthia on 8/23/07

I'd rather be a fat Christian woman who serves the Lord Jesus Christ than a skinny non-believer who is bound for Hell. It is wonderful that God uses fat people to spread his gospel also. Thank you Jesus.
---Susie on 8/23/07

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Amen Susie! And Glory to God. I am so thankful that you, Susie do not have to be on inhalers anymore(Praise the Lord). I believe that we live in a cruel cold world and Praise God we are on a journey, in this world, but we are not of this world. This is not our permanent home. I used to have a weight problem and I know how mean people can be. We need to show the love of Christ Jesus to everyone that comes into our path.
---Cynthia on 8/22/07

The initiating comment was mean spirited. I am 260 lb,was 140.Car accident required back and neck surgery (unsuccessful in fixing the problem) experienced terrible personal trauma in my life,after which,diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I work, but the 24 x 7 pain is so great it is impossible to get the excercise I need. my metabolism is down to nothing. My thyroid is out of balance. I love the Lord, I try to eat healthy. Pluck the log out of your eye before messing with our splinters, please.
---twyla on 8/22/07

Once again, I think lovable linda posted this question so she could answer with all of her personalities. I really, really think so. She likes nothing better than a knock down drag out.

"Which is harder..? find a man that loves a woman of abundant proportions, on a Christian site..or to find a Christian man, on a site that caters to men who love women of abundant proportions!I'm looking on both!Only God will make it work out anyway.
---lovable_linda on 7/19/05 "
---Crystal on 8/22/07

I think Linda pulled a fast one, didn't you find another man already? You told us big dog daddy don't look so good.

"It's Sept.2005 & not 1 Christian man that PREFERS A LARGE WOMAN has put a reply on this.That speaks for the demographics of this site.I Prefer a tall,big..and, yes,passionate Christian man for a husband,in the same way men PREFER blondes,brunettes,etc. Nothing wrong with others...just not a PREFERENCE.Linda3957 Blessings yall.
---lovable_linda on 9/17/05"
---Crystal on 8/22/07

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Susie, There is a biological component to addictions, especially food addictions, which people, like you, are unaware of. There is a brain chemistry problem in addicts where the addictive behavior, especially the consumption of sugary foods, causes a person to feel good. This learned behavior in childhood creates the addiction.
---Trish9863 on 8/22/07

#2: There is a lot of scientific research to support the idea of brain chemistry problems in people with addictions. Addictions and eating disorders are mental health problems that need to be addressed with dignity and respect. Research shows that many people with eating disorders have been sexually abused in their childhoods. The eating disorder becomes a defense and a coping mechanism.

You can call it sin, and blame the mental health professionals for the problem, but the research is there.
---Trish9863 on 8/22/07

Good things do come in small packages.
I'm tiny, petite, and adorable. I have so many boyfriends, that it's hard to walk down the street without them whistling. My mother bought me a new coat and I'm 'liter'-ally swimming in it. I have gained 5 lbs in 6 wks, but I'm about as big as I will ever be. I've eaten all of my mother's garden, and chewed up her pillow.
She doesn't mind, I'm so cute. I am a garbage dump, would love to have some junk food, she won't let me. By the weigh, I'm 16 lbs. now.
---Sophie on 8/22/07

#3: Further research shows that obesity is often the cause of Type II Diabetes, not Diabetes causing obesity.

The problem is getting worse because we have teenagers and children who are suffering from obesity and developing Type II Diabetes now.
---Trish9863 on 8/22/07

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#4 The problem is also that increased appetite is often the side effect of many psychotropic medications, which compounds the problem. My nephew was on one medication for schizoaffective disorder and he gained a huge amount of weight. When the doctor changed his medication, he lost 100 pounds.
---Trish9863 on 8/22/07

It IS offensive when a gluttonous Christian condemns the alcoholic, smoker, etc.
---robin8683 on 8/22/07

Cynthia...I understand about the meds for your husband's asthma. I too was treated for years for asthma. Gained weight because of meds. It wasn't the asthma that made me gain the weight anymore than having diabetes makes someone gain weight. By the way, that asthma turned out to be severe allergies and acid reflux. The Lord relocated us. With meds for reflux, proper diet and change of environment, I have not needed even an inhaler for over two years It is great to breath!!! Praise the Lord!!!
---Susie on 8/22/07

Rachel, are there a lot of fat and obese Christian women? Only a small handfull in my Church. I admit that I have generally seen obese persons (male and female) who really do abuse their bodies with food.

I myself am overweight (not obese) but only became so after the birth to my forth child (no time to exercise properly) - my metabolism is shot for the time being. I am over 40 and it is a lot harder to work off the excess weight and it does not take very much food to put it on.
---lorra8574 on 8/22/07

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You are partly correct. But my question to you is why are you focusing on these women? When we are in church our focus should be on Jesus or the pastor and how we can contribute in some way to the church business at hand. If we begin to focus on the church service, the pastor sermons and so on ,we will leave church with more of God and on fire with sharing what we have learned with others outside of the church.
---Robyn on 8/22/07

Please keep in mind also that we should learn to pray for others first before being so quick to call people out of their names. Fat is an ugy way to describe someone. All fat people are not gluttons but we do know, most eat the wrong types of food, and probably does not exercise enough. Everyone was not meant to be rail thin,either. Learn to not focus on others flaws. Learn to do what Jesus did for us: He looks beyond our faults and still loves us. Can we do less for others?
---Robyn on 8/22/07

About diabetes being a cause of obesity > I did some research on this > genetic diabetics tend not to be obese, but "adult diabetes" classically includes obesity.

BUT . . . the diabetes does not cause the fat. It's the other way around > excess fat helps keep the body from using sugar so it goes too high in the blood, then the sugar poisons nerves, heart, kidney . . .

But if you cut the eating, this can reduce fat so you can get the sugar below a poisonous level.
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/22/07

self control of the Holy Spirit can make us easily able to control what and how much we eat > the Holy Spirit is almighty . . .

GENES can cause obesity? Genes are PHYSICAL. So, I don't think they can control what you, a SPIRITUAL person, decide to eat.

If your genes make you metabolically more likely to turn food to fat, can't you just eat less so there is no excess food energy available to become fat? a reduced grocery bill gene (-:}
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/22/07

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I just came across interesting news ,researchers have found when stem cells are infected with AD-36,a virus which causes respirtory and eye infections,they develope into fat calls .The more virus added the greater the increase of fat cells size. If this proves to be true ,they think they can develope a shot to make one immune to the effects of AD-36 virus. If this is proven it would blow a lot of other theories away . Of couse like anything this isn't an "all" cause.
---Darlene_1 on 8/22/07

I just came across interesting news ,researchers have found when stem cells are infected with AD-36,a virus which causes respirtory and eye infections,they develope into fat calls .The more virus added the greater the increase of fat cells size. If this proves to be true ,they think they can develope a shot to make one immune to the effects of AD-36 virus. If this is proven it would blow a lot of other theories away . Of couse like anything this isn't an "all" cause.
---Darlene_1 on 8/22/07

Trish...You only think I am rude because I disagree with your psychological slant on everything. I see nothing wrong with people taking accountability for their own actions instead of blaming all their problems on a so-called addiction.
---Susie on 8/22/07

It is not always women abusing their bodies with food. But in answer to your questions why...There are medical reasons, and there is overeating. You would do well to develop a little sensitivity to the issue in a less judging and critical way. Some women are emotional eaters and don't realize it. Sometimes it is a thyroid or chemical imbalance.
---faith on 8/22/07

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Perhaps you've forgotten gossipping and rumor-mongering?
---Mark on 8/22/07

It is interesting that it is the "fat person" who is judged on gluttony, but a thin person who has a fast metabolism is not called out or judged for gluttony -- simply because their body metabolizes the food faster. While I do not condone gluttony of any kind (be it food, drugs, drink), I am cognizant of the fact that there are many reasons behind weight gain -- not just gluttony.
---Debbie_in_Ohio on 8/21/07

Rachel, my apologies. Someone is also using my name to post to at least two blogs that I have came across today. And Susie I would like to address your comment on diabetes not causing weight problems. There are several of my family that have diabetes, and they have severe weight problems, not because they overeat, but because of the diabetes itself. My husband is severly obese because he has to take steroids for astma. Not because he overeats.
---Cynthia on 8/21/07

~laughing~ Why do so many evangelical fundamental Christian men have Ken-doll hair do's? Doesn't the Bible tell us we shouldn't be vain?
---Sheila on 8/21/07

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You are not correct in assuming this about every obese Christian woman. Sometimes it is due to certain medications ie cortisones etc. It can be related to thyroid or other glandular malfunction. Several things that can cause a person not to lose weight no matter how careful they are about diet and sometimes even if they exercise regularly. Instead of being critical about these ladies why not pray for them on a regular basis. As you would want someone to do for you if you were in that difficult situation.
---ayn on 8/21/07

Susie: You are definitely rude.
---Trish9863 on 8/21/07

Why are you judging these woman? Has it occured to you that maybe, alot can't help from being overweight? If your going to pick on fat people then pick on every person there is in the world. Everyone does something to their body. Whether it is drinking too much caffine, alochol, medication, smoking, the list goes on. If you feel the need to talk about these woman, talk to God on your knees about them.
---Rebecca_D on 8/21/07

Well, if the overweight is because of sin, I a slender guy have MY ways of being wrong, too > my sin problems just don't show as excessive fat.

Unforgiveness, immoral imagining, paranoid cursing others with my suspicion instead of loving and blessing them in caring prayer.

Unforgiveness is pretty bad > why don't we see as much concern about unforgiveness, as we do about obesity?
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/21/07

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Why bring up just "women", and not include obese guys, also?

In the United States, we have a culture of promoting female beauty. The ones nicer looking are promoted to get attention and approval and "love", more than ones not so great looking.

This DISCRIMINATION, in "America", has caused a lot of pain, not to mention how guys going along with this can become so deeply degraded because they do not learn how to love.

Something to get wise to ? ? ?
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/21/07

Rachel...You ain't the only person named Rachel! LOL
---Susie on 8/21/07

Thank you, Darlene.

Again, I did not post this offensive question.
I do tire of my name being used for someone else's agenda.
---Rachel on 8/21/07

EB: Most mental health professionals see food addiction as the same thing as alcoholism, a behavioral addiction with chemical components. Since I have suffered from both binge eating disorder and alcoholism and have weighed over 300 pounds a year ago, I stand by what I said in my previous posts.
---Trish9863 on 8/21/07

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Rachel,NV Steve was on the August Whats Up Blog asking for prayer for NV Barbara's two sisters,health problems. I also miss some of the Oldies. The tone of the Blogs have changed also,but I guess it reflects life too,"Time changes everything". God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 8/21/07

Rachel,NV Steve was on the August Whats Up Blog asking for prayer for NV Barbara's two sisters,health problems. I also miss some of the Oldies. The tone of the Blogs have changed also,but I guess it reflects life too,"Time changes everything". God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 8/21/07

Tell Ya What! You need to pray for them. Instead of saying it, start praying it.Just cause you can see something about a person you don't like does not mean you don't have something in your life!!! That other people don't like.1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel,
1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart,
---Chris_Sizemore on 8/21/07

I would say that there are more non-Christians who are obese than Christians. Take a walk around any casino in Vegas and you will see a lot of obese people (not just women). Diabetes does not cause obesity. However, many diabetics who were obese and lost the weight found their diabetes gone. I have also known very skinny people who were the worst gluttons I've ever seen. It is the gluttony of making food your god that is the sin.
---Susie on 8/21/07

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Anyone else sick of seeing every kind of sin labeled an addiction? This is job security for the psychologist crowd.
---Susie on 8/21/07

Not everyone is big because of over indulgence, but genetically some genuine problems /depression and use food as comfort because of this. If you should go in love to these women of which I am 14st and classed as obese encourage them by praying with them doing some research on nutrition, encourage them by setting up a prayer/Health/fitness class. Not slacking off your precious fellow sister's in Christ, come on do better! :(
---Carla5754 on 8/21/07

Ever notice that if a women or man is secure in a relationship they tend to let themselves go. If they become single they will whip themselves into shape. Maybe eternal security has the same effect. Take a scales to a church that does not believe in eternal security.
---yoshin on 8/21/07

I don't think you should just point this out to Christian Women or compare them to alcoholics. No one knows what that person may be going through in their life. Maybe instead of bashing them you could help them by starting a FIT ministry and teaching them about Exercise and Proper Dieting
---EB_K on 8/21/07

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*The difference between food addiction and alcoholism is that a person can give up alcohol for the rest of their lives, but they still have to eat everday, in moderation*
I used to use this excuse but the truth is that one doesn't have to eat concentrated sweets and fats. Making vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans the bulk of your diet and eliminating refined foods, concentrated sweets and fats will eliminate obesity.
---robin8683 on 8/21/07

There has also been some real manipulation taking place on the blogs over the last month or so.
Many have given up altogether. I miss JohnT, AlwaysOn, Bruce, Daniel, Donna2277, Elder, Darlene, NVB, NVS, Josef, Harold, Frank, Pharisee, and all the others.
It's a shame that manipulation is killing the blogosphere.
---Rachel on 8/21/07

To a point I agree, but the food goes with anyone , any weight. However some obese people have no control over it because of their genes.Some do have a "diet" or a healthy food source & still gain weight!, ubt those that CAN control it should watch what they eat as well. I do not like to tel lmy weight ,but i'm 90lbs. The doctor said I have a high metabolisim, but I eat & eat & i'm lucky if I gain a pound! count..
---Candice on 8/21/07

pt 2: Anyhow I try to gain as much as possible & can't.I'm not annorexic or bulimic. In fact when I was pregnant with my daughter I reached a whopping117-120 lbs only gaining 28-30lbs. but anyhow before we judge about weight look into why they ar that way if it's genetics or just them.
---Candice on 8/21/07

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Rachel, one thing that I would like to point out in defense of overweight women, is that sometimes being overweight is not always due to overeating. Did you ever consider that maybe someone is overweight due to medications, or due to diabetes or some other disease? It is not always due to overeating.
---Cynthia on 8/21/07

Sin resides in the heart, not on the hips. The most eloquent, handsome, and physically fit Pastor is a sinner. Excessive body fat may be an obvious symptom of one's sin, but the condition of the heart is a far greater indicator. It's easy to point the finger at someone with symptoms of a sin that we don't have. Other sins may not be obvious, but that doesn't mean they are not disgusting to God.
---Jim on 8/21/07

Trish, I agree. The difference between the alcoholic and the glutton is, a glutton can achieve results through moderation where an alcoholic cannot. However, while the alcoholic must give up alcohol, they don't give up drinking altogether. They only give up the substance that causes them problems. If gluttons could equally give up their substance addiction (junk food) and only eat nourishing foods, their cravings also would leave and losing weight would be much easier.
---DoryLory on 8/21/07

To lose weight by eating in moderation is very difficult because when the body continues to be fed the problem foods, the cravings (chemical addiction) will continue to thrive. At least this has been my experience. After giving up sugar and flour products 15 weeks ago, I have lost 45 pounds. And it hasn't been difficult at all. However, admittedly, the Lord brought me to the place where I could give those problem foods up. It took His strength. His power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Cor 12:9).
---DoryLory on 8/21/07

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Whoever used my name to ask this question, I don't agree with you.
It does sound like a bias of some sort, but not mine.
---Rachel on 8/21/07

I have observed that gluttony is the only sin that is approved by pop-evangelicals.

If you don't believe me, then you have NEVER attended a parish pot-luck or dinner on the grounds.
---Jack on 8/21/07

first of all God didn't make perfect bodies and yes second of all i am fat, am I proud of it no am i worring about it no, worrying doesn't solve anything. I accepted who I am and I love the person in me. And I thank GOD I DON'T ANSWER TO NOBODY BUT MY LORD. AND I AM SO GLAD THAT WHEN I DIE I DON'T HAVE THIS body anymore. JESUS DOESN'T LOOK FOR WHAT IS on the outside of the body he looks what is in the heart.
---ANN on 8/21/07

Have you ever thought that some people can't help it if they are overweight because of certain health issues, like diabetes, etc.? Open your heart to seeing people how the Lord sees them instead of how man looks at them............
---Kat on 8/21/07

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I just wish to add to the already good comments...there are a multitude of reasons people are overweight, and abuse of food is by no means the only one. I was thin all my life, but was put on certain medication a number of years ago that caused me to gain weight...assumptions about others are dangerous, often hurtful, and to be avoided. Allow the HS to do His job, if there's sin. He is able to deal with it without our condemnation
---christina on 8/21/07

Obesity is a sin, yet it is rarely preached as being such. On the other hand, some people may not know how to avoid hunger pangs, which can be difficult to bear. They ought to prayerfully ask God to help them overcome their problem and not just condone it, though. Because it is clear it isn't good to do anything that isn't good for ones body, since our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost.
---Debby3588 on 8/21/07

No, you aren't right. Don't assume an overweight person is that way because of food abuse. There is genetic cause,so a pediatrician told me,for obesity. People who can't exercise because of disability have to starve nearly to lose weight. Trish made a valid point too. There are few real gluttons. Some don't live on junk food and still get fat. Some who eat normal food portions have a weight problem too. Have more compassion,you can't know what causes a person's obesity. It's not that simple.
---Darlene_1 on 8/21/07

Hey, this problem isn't unique to women.
But instead of judging the obese perhaps you should be looking for your own sin.
---robin8683 on 8/21/07

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Many people, especially women, develop eating disorders when they are young, and have difficulty unlearning the eating behaviors that helped them cope with negative emotions even after they are adult believers. Binge eating, and using food to cope, is an addictive behavior, just like alcoholism is. There is a brain chemistry component to it.
---Trish9863 on 8/21/07

#2: The difference between food addiction and alcoholism is that a person can give up alcohol for the rest of their lives, but they still have to eat everday, in moderation.

A really good book that addresses this subject in great detail is "Anatomy of a Food Addiction."
---Trish9863 on 8/21/07

No! That is not correct, I know very thin people who also corrupt their temple eating Junk, abusing alcohol, on drugs, and so on. Many thin people choose to eat junk food and fast food. Some people are just made to be big and some are made to be thin. I don't condone obeasity, but neither do I think it is right to discriminate against a person based on their appearance.
---Marcia on 8/21/07

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