More Americans than in the past say the obesity edidemic is the most urgent health problem facing the United States, climbing to a new high of 16%. That compares with 1% in 1999, when Gallup began asking the question on an annual basis.
This is reported today by the Gallup organization and based on their annual health care survey that was conducted this year during the week of November 15th.
23% of American surveyed report that access to healthcare is the most significant issue. 19% suggest that cost of healthcare is the most pressing issue.
I continue to highlight the obesity epidemic because it’s largely a lifestyle issue that affects not only people in our country, but it is an issue that affects the Church. I believe that our personal choices have the greatest influences on our body weight. (Over the years, research indicates that lifestyle contributes approximately 55% towards our health status.) We each have control over our personal choices and lifestyle.
Over 300 people have weighed in as to why about 30% of Americans are obese in a unique poll. You can read what they say, and participate in the poll at this link. The number one explanation given by those who’ve participated in the poll is that “We are more interested in doing as we please vs caring for our bodies as a gift from God.” If this is true, then it’s mainly a sin issue. If it’s a sin issue, then the solution is repentance… and more of Jesus in our life. If the obesity epidemic is a sin issue, then it should be an issue that the Church is concerned with and addressing.
Because Americans are more concerned about the obesity epidemic than any other health condition, it seems that those of us in the Christian Church should be concerned. I believe that the Church then should proactively address this issue at the individual level and the corporate level – in the local church and in our denominations.
My prayers continue to be that pastors, clergy and Church leadership at all levels will embrace the relevance and value in addressing obesity as well as other health issues in their personal lives, in their congregations and at the national or denominational level. The Church is a sort of ‘organization under the headship of Jesus Christ. Christ followers make up the Church. In any organization, it takes involvement and backing by leaders to make a difference in an area. The same is true for the leadership of our Church and the obesity epidemic
It’s not sufficient for us to have our “ticket” to heaven. As Christ followers, we are called to care for our temples personally and to be involved in issues that affect the lives of other people who struggle in life. People in America say that their greatest personal health concern is obesity. As the body of Christ, we should be actively involved in addressing this issue from not only a personal perspective, but a corporate or Church wide perspective.
“What is the solution to the obesity epidemic in (America and) the church? The Church.”
See this article written by Scott Stoll, MD.
If you happen to be a leader in your church or denomination, or you have influence in your local church body or at the regional or national level, and would like to become involved in a sort of ‘interest group’ or ‘task force’ to address the obesity epidemic in our country and in the Church, please contact me.
Maybe we can roll up our sleeves and make a difference in this obesity issue…. for God’s people and His glory.