>Consider the following:

~ Between 1962 and the year 2000, the number of obese Americans grew from 13% to an alarming 31% of the population.
~ 63% of Americans are overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) in excess of 25.0.
~ 31% are obese with a BMI in excess of 30.0.
~ Childhood obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past two decades.
~ According to the U.S. Surgeon General report obesity is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year.

Gluttony is defined as “gulp(ing) down or swallow(ing), gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste”. I was a glutton at thanksgiving dinner, except I didn’t realize it until afterward. I ate so much that I was literally in physical pain. This was one of many times that this has happened over my lifetime. That would be why I’ve made myself lose 40 pounds over the last year.

What would happen if, especially during the season of Lent, we all made a concerted effort to notice our gluttony before it happens? What if we could do something as simple as eating proper serving sizes during meals, forgoing snacks, or avoiding fast food? Think of how that could impact not only our health (refer back to the statistics above) but our wallets! Eating less requires fewer groceries, which costs less.

What would you do with that extra cash? I would issue a challenge to you: Add up the money that you save by simply not eating fast food for six weeks. Then, take that money and donate it to a food pantry or to a homeless shelter in your community.

Author’s note: The suggestion at the conclusion of this post was inspired by a post at ericasp.com. Eric also suggests a very worthwhile initiative involving pure drinking water.


~ by pe2nia1 on February 23, 2009.

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