Early in the past week, I heard on the radio a long discussion about alcohol-fuelled violence. One person who called in was a nutritionist, who explained a link between poor diet and alcohol abuse – rats fed healthy food would choose to drink water over alcohol, and rats fed fruit and vegetables would choose to drink water over alcohol. The rats which chose alcohol fought, and abused their own children.
The nutritionist went on to say that the most popular item sold in Australian supermarkets was 2 litre cola drinks. The second most popular item sold was 1.5 litre cola drinks. According to the last census, the average Australian household spent more on alcohol than fruit and vegetables.
Obesity is becoming a world-wide problem. Even in places like China and India, the advent of western fast food brought with it the western problem of the growing diabesity epidemic.
1 Corinthians 6:19 says “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” Genesis tells us we were made in God’s image. However we look at it, to mistreat our bodies is very disrespectful toward God. We are not souls which just happen to be residing in bodies – God made us as an integrated whole. Our physical health is tied to our mental and spiritual health.
A few months ago, our church council made the decision to always have healthy options available for times when we are serving food (eg morning tea after church.) We also have established the Thursday evening Watchya Weight group to encourage healthy lifestyles. Caring for our bodies is a spiritual discipline, just as Bible study, prayer and worship are.
Grace and Peace