Was Eve Chubby?

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On more than one occasion I have had to tell some man that I was not interested in his valuable opinion about my weight. However, as African-American women everyone seems to think that our weight is a big deal. In fact, federal statistics report that four of five African-American women are either overweight or obese. How come?

Now, the fine line becomes one of perspective when discussing weight in a culture that idolizes a more slender physique. Someone could get their feelings hurt if they think you are saying that fat is ugly. However, if your goal is to lose weight and keep it off, a recent study of African-American women has found a couple of interesting common factors in women who do. These women: limit their fat intake, eat breakfast, avoid fast food, exercise, and monitor their weight using a scale.

Interestingly, the study found that women who kept the weight off more likely said that their religious faith was important to their weight lose success. What’s God got to do with it? No one knows how much fat content the bodies had that God created in Genesis 1:27 but we can all safely assume that they were fully functional. We may not know the types of fruit that were on the trees in the Garden of Eden including the one Adam and Eve ate that invited sin into the world (Genesis 2:16) but we can safely assume that there were no fast food restaurants and their fat intake was rather limited. Finally, I would venture to say that television was a thing of the future and back in the Garden there was a lot of hard work, translation, exercise. What does God have to do with it? Everything!

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

Research article link: http://www.bcm.edu/news/item.cfm?newsID=5779

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