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Obesity: Post Mortem is a Must-See

obesity post mortemObesity: Post Mortem is fascinating. It’s not for everyone, perhaps: there are people who would rather bathe in kale chips for a year than see a dead body cut open. But for those who can stomach it, I highly recommend watching it. The show offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of an obese body. I’ve researched heart disease and type two diabetes for blog series on those topics and I have to tell you, I felt like Buddy in Elf when he sees Santa: “I know him, I know him!” except I was yelling “I read about that! I read about that!” at the TV.

It’s one thing to read about the heart working harder when you have high blood pressure and it’s another thing to see the physical heart of a woman who had high blood pressure and see how thin and weak the muscle was by the end.

It’s one thing to read about how high blood pressure (and a weakening heart) leads to fluid build up in the lungs and it’s another thing to see a mortician squeeze water out of those lungs.

It’s one thing to read about fatty liver disease and it’s another to see what an enlarged fatty liver looks like, each microscopic cell so full of yellow fat that the organ appears orange-pink instead of blood red.

obesity post 2Obesity: Post Mortem proves that obesity does, indeed, affect internal organs. I don’t need to have faith that it does because I’ve seen it. That strengthens my faith in the logical opposite: exercising, drinking water, eating lots of vegetables and fruits and losing weight in the process is helping my organs.

Obesity: Post Mortem is a strong motivator. Whether you’re working to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight, Obesity makes you want to stick with those healthy habits. Living a healthy lifestyle takes faith that what you’re doing makes a difference. You can’t always see the effect of your efforts right away. You can do everything right– eat well, exercise, sleep adequately, drink water– and not loose a pound for weeks. You have to have faith that your body is reaping the benefits cell by cell, system by system, on a level you can’t see yet.

So, pull up a chair, skip the popcorn (it is an autopsy, after all), and enjoy the show!

 

From the fellowship offering you are to bring a food offering to the Lord: the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them. Leviticus 3:3

 

Images courtesy of Netflix.

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Fear the Hole, Not the Future

parable-talentsIn Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells a parable about three servants whose master entrusts them with a sum of money before going on a trip. When the master returns, one servant has invested the money and made a large profit, one has invested the money and made a small profit, and one servant has buried the money in a field and made no profit. The third servant claims he buried the money out of fear; he knows his master can be harsh, so he takes no chances. Investment, after all, is a risky business. What if he lost the money? What if he tried his best and his best wasn’t good enough?

Believe it or not, this passage reminds me of weight loss and improving our health. No, this passage is NOT, theologically speaking, about taking care of our bodies; it’s about the Kingdom of God. I’m borrowing the idea to make a point of my own. I repeat: this is not a theologically sound argument here; I’m plagiarizing my Savior to encourage you—and me—to get healthy.

There are different ways to go about getting healthy. Some ways promise big rewards and require big investments of time, money, or self control.  Some ways offer moderate return on a moderate investment. The last way is like a savings account in the bank; the profits aren’t dramatic, but when time has passed, you have something to show for your half hearted efforts. The worst thing we can do is be like the third servant: bury ourselves in fear and do nothing.

What if I try and it doesn’t work? What if I can’t do it? What if I never reach my goal? I’m afraid I’m a failure; what if I’m right?

not-excited-exerciseI can answer that for you. If you try and you never reach your goal, you’re still getting interest on your investment and you’re better off than being buried in a hole. The truth is that if you don’t try, if you don’t aim for a goal, if you don’t make an effort, you know exactly where you’ll be one, five, ten, or fifty years from now: in that hole. You won’t be thinner than you are now, and you won’t be healthier.

Every little change you turn into a healthy habit makes a HUGE impact on your health long term. It’s like putting $1,000 in the bank at 5% interest. Doesn’t sound like much, but after ten years you’ll have $1,600 and after fifty years you’ll have $11,000. All because you invested your money and didn’t hide it in a hole. Every glass of water you drink, every full night of sleep you sleep, every minute of exercise you do, and every vegetable you eat is you investing in your future: your future health, your future life, your future you. You can invest big, invest the minimum, or somewhere in the middle, but please, don’t stay buried in a hole.

holeDANGER! DANGER!! This metaphor will only take us so far, so please, please, PLEASE don’t read too much into this and think that God is a harsh master who will put you in jail (or even simply not like you) if you don’t make a “profit” of weight lost or health gained. Romans 5:8 says that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” and “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Add them together and you get the truth that Christ loved us BEFORE he died for us, when we had nothing to offer him, not even obedience or faith, and certainly not healthy habits. All I’m saying is don’t let fear hold you back from changing your life. Only good can come of taking care of your body. Climb out of the hole and invest in yourself.

 

 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23 (NIV)

 

 

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