Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Preaching a Healthy Diet in the Deep-Fried Delta
A client told me about this article in the New York Times. I had to share it with all of you. It is truly inspiring. I'm not a religious person and I don't go to church. I am a true believer in the fact that when our bodies are out of balance our mind and souls cannot shine the way they were intended to.
And after a trip to Ontario Place yesterday, I can see that the obesity crisis isn't going away. Although this article is about an area in Mississippi, Canadians should know that our obesity stats are getting closer and closer to those of the U.S.. People don't seem to be motivated by their doctors to make changes. But maybe we will be motivated and empowered by leaders in our communities to find the strength and accountability to change.
Mississippi finds itself on the wrong end of just about every list of health indicators. It is first among states in percentage of children who are obese, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. It is first in rates of heart disease, second in the number of adults with diabetes, second in adult obesity, near last in the percentage of adults who participate in physical activity, near last in fruit and vegetable consumption and dead last in life expectancy.
For over a decade from his pulpit here at Oak Hill Baptist in North Mississippi, the Rev. Michael O. Minor has waged war against obesity and bad health. In the Delta this may seem akin to waging war against humidity, but Mr. Minor has the air of the salesman he once was, and the animated persistence to match.
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Maybe when we used to live laborious lives, not desk bound car lifestyles, we could eat whatever we wanted. But this isn't the reality anymore. We just don't move as much as we used to but our appetites just haven't adjusted yet. And let's face it, everything has gotten bigger from coffee cups to salads. What is going to become of us as a population?