Mormons carry a few more pounds

Could being Mormon mean you pack on more pounds than atheists, agnostics or people of other religions? Yes, according to Brigham Young University science professor Ray Merrill. Full Story
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Keith Walker

San Antonio, TX

#1 Feb 23, 2006
Hmm... If the Word of Wisdom is a health code, why can't someone who drinks tea enter a temple when you have so many FAT Mormons with temple recommends?
Gail

Atlanta, GA

#2 Feb 26, 2006
Keith Walker wrote:
Hmm... If the Word of Wisdom is a health code, why can't someone who drinks tea enter a temple when you have so many FAT Mormons with temple recommends?
I have often wondered this very same thing.
A Latter-Day Saint

United States

#3 Mar 6, 2006
The prohibition against tea and coffee in the LDS Church is well known and was established by the 89th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants as revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith. There are also other comments in the 89th Section that describe dietery issues.
I would agree, there are a certain number of us that carry too much weight for our own good. We also use too much sugar and fat in our diets that isn't beneficial. Yet, someone isn't condemned for being fat. The adherence to the precepts of the LDS Church and obedience to certain covenants are what allow you into the Temples of the Church.
(Besides this, you might want to read Marilyn Wann's Fat!so? for another point of view on the weight issue).
Joyce

Louisville, KY

#4 Mar 7, 2006
Mormons dont seem to take not eating meat in the summer very seriously. Most mormons who are born in the church just never have drank coffee or tea to develop a taste for it. I dont see the difference between one or two cups of coffee a day, and eating meat everyday, which most mormons do.
Cory

Fairfax, VA

#5 Mar 7, 2006
I can't believe you people have so little to do in you lives, that you'd sit here and critique the dietary standards of Mormons. Why don't I come over to your house and flip through a few weeks of you Weight Watchers Journal, see how many ding-dongs and krispy kremes you've gone through the past few days or go stand behind the treadmill at the gym and make fun of your thunder thighs tromping on there. Mormons have adopted a dietary program that has been valididated by many independant health studies. If you don't want to be a Mormon, good for you. But find something else to do besides criticize other people for not living up a belief system that you don't believe in anyway. In short: MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS.
TITUSVILLE

United States

#6 Mar 8, 2006
i'M FAT HAPPY MORMOM.
Marie Pier

UK

#7 Mar 12, 2006
Keith Walker wrote:
Hmm... If the Word of Wisdom is a health code, why can't someone who drinks tea enter a temple when you have so many FAT Mormons with temple recommends?
Our body is the temple of God and we should respect (no junk)it and feed ourselves healthy food. Some lessons should be given in our church about eating and have a healthy diet. Too many men and women looked unhappy and ill despite the fact that we have the priesthood . Something is missing education education education on health diet and exercise.
A Baptist

United States

#8 Mar 13, 2006
My bible says you should not be a glutton. That means you have been if you are fat.
Shawn

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 13, 2006
Cory, was a little harsh... but i like what he had to say. There are other religious denominations (Baptists) that also teach similiar practices inregards to diet and abstinance of alcohol tobacco and other harmful substances. I know Mormons have slightly different views towards certain aspects of Christianity, however they have a Christ-Centered-Faith. Above all they keep these teachings present in thier religious beliefs and work to over come these vices. Unlike alot of people out there. They sould be commended on thier efforts. We ALL fall short in some way.
Sharita Faye

Washington, DC

#10 Mar 13, 2006
A Baptist wrote:
My bible says you should not be a glutton. That means you have been if you are fat.
My Bible says Judge not, lest you be judged. Everyone should be able to make mistakes in trying to apply the gospel to their lives without having others criticize them at each step of the way. The #1 reason that churchgoers are disappearing is that religion is seen as judgemental, negative, and non-lifeaffirming. We Christians must do better, for ourselves and for God.
Bryan - Idaho

United States

#11 Mar 14, 2006
Statistically LDS members have a 7.3 yr great life expectancy in males and 5.8 yrs for females (in the US)
Maryland

Warren, NJ

#12 Mar 14, 2006
A Baptist wrote:
My bible says you should not be a glutton. That means you have been if you are fat.
You can't be serious - you really want to make this blanket statement. I suggest you develop an education on the matter of being overweight. One should also not be judgemental either. Such sad ignorance.
Peggy

AOL

#13 Mar 18, 2006
A Baptist wrote:
My bible says you should not be a glutton. That means you have been if you are fat.
I Know a TON Of fat baptists in AZ!!!!
Peggy

AOL

#14 Mar 18, 2006
I know a ton of fat baptists in AZ!!!
David

United States

#15 Mar 19, 2006
I got fat eating too big portions of healthy foods. Maybe I'm too healthy.
Political_Critic

Salt Lake City, UT

#16 Mar 21, 2006
How amusing. It's no surprise people are choosing to argue this subject. People, there is a problem with obesity everywhere! This bickering is pointless. No matter who you are, If you want to gripe or complain about fat people, look in the mirror before opening your mouth!
gkwinslc

Clearfield, UT

#17 Mar 22, 2006
Cory wrote:
I can't believe you people have so little to do in you lives, that you'd sit here and critique the dietary standards of Mormons. Why don't I come over to your house and flip through a few weeks of you Weight Watchers Journal, see how many ding-dongs and krispy kremes you've gone through the past few days or go stand behind the treadmill at the gym and make fun of your thunder thighs tromping on there. Mormons have adopted a dietary program that has been valididated by many independant health studies. If you don't want to be a Mormon, good for you. But find something else to do besides criticize other people for not living up a belief system that you don't believe in anyway. In short: MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS.
I love this guy! Living in the state, this guy would be the first to judge a gay man or non-mormon.
Nancy Drew

Washington, DC

#18 Mar 23, 2006
gkwinslc wrote:
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I love this guy! Living in the state, this guy would be the first to judge a gay man or non-mormon.
And yet ironically enough, I'm both a gay man and a non-mormon.
Keith Walker

United States

#19 Mar 27, 2006
Sharita Faye wrote:
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My Bible says Judge not, lest you be judged.
Sharita,
Do you even know the context of that verse? My Bible says, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with a righteous judgment." (John 7:24) We are commanded to judge! That would mean that fat people are gluttons.

keith@evidenceministries.org
Keith Walker

United States

#20 Mar 27, 2006
Peggy wrote:
I know a ton of fat baptists in AZ!!!
Yeah, and they aren't allowed into an LDS temple either, but not because they are fat! Isn't it because they are considered "unclean?" BTW, "a ton" of fat people isn't very many people. ;-)

keith@evidenceministries.org

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