Frugivore Magazine wrote an article, "Is the Black Church causing obesity by overeating?", raising the concern of obesity amongst African Americans. In 2013, a study conducted by Northwestern University observed 2,433 particpants over an 18-year time period. Out of the particpants, 41% were African Americans who attending one religious event weekly was at risk to become obese.
Dr. Thomas A. Laveist, Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, states that,
"Black church culture is out of alignment with some biblical teachings, particularly when it comes to how we eat. Church culture has got us drinking Kool-Aid, eating white bread, fried chicken, large servings of macaroni and cheese and collard greens drenched with salty hog maws (foods that are high in sugar, salt, calories, and carbohydrates that trigger health problems). We’re eating this in the church basement at dinner and at church conventions! Meanwhile, the Bible teaches against gluttony."
Is it time for the Black Church Culture to regain it's health? Join TruthTalk with special guest Zhivi Williams, health & wellness coach and advocate of Leading by Example. Topic of discussion will be on regainig focus on health through clean eating, exercise, and weight maintenance.
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