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Interview with Dr. Kenneth Ferraro, Ph.D.
Interviews with Christian scholars and professors on the
subject of weight control.
Dr. Rita: This month, I am pleased to present an interview with Dr. Kenneth Ferraro, Ph.D. Dr.
Ferraro is a Christian and a distinguished professor of sociology at
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. His research focuses on the
connection between a person's religious affiliation and his or her
health habits and body weight. His work is important, because if
we study how certain religious groups are succeeding in health
promotion, we may be better able to implement those positive changes
through the churches on a broader scale.
Welcome, Dr. Ferraro. It's an honor to have you as a guest.
Dr.Ferraro: Thank you.
Dr. Rita: Dr. Ferraro, is it true that religious Americans are more likely to be obese than non-religious Americans?
Dr.Ferraro: That question is more complex than it seems. It
actually depends on the type of religious group considered and on how
those groups practice their faith. Some religious groups, such as
Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists, are more likely to promote health
through regular exercise and moderation in eating. However, other
religious groups (Southern Baptists, Fundamentalist Baptists,
Pentecostals, Assembly of God, Church of God) are more likely to view
eating as one of the few "allowable" pleasures (since drinking alcohol,
etc., may be shunned). Catholics tend to fall somewhere in the middle.
It has been suggested that the church promotes obesity through all the
food-related functions (pot lucks, etc.). What do you think about that?
is entirely possible in certain cases, but, again, it depends on which
religious subgroup you're talking about. Some groups practice what I
like to call "Krispy Kreme Christianity," where they serve donuts,
cakes, and other sweet foods to entice people to attend their various
functions. This is often the case for adults, but especially for youth
and children's groups. But other religious groups, including many of
the Midwestern mega churches, have excellent health promotion programs.
Many of those big churches have actual sports complexes, complete with
walking tracks, gyms, and indoor pools.
Dr.Rita: Tell us what you found in regard to Christians who watch religious TV programs.
it or not; those who tend to watch a large amount of religious TV
tended to gain more weight over an eight year period than those who do
not watch religious TV. We also observed that this effect was stronger for women than for men. We are still studying the exact reasons why religious TV is related to obesity, but it appears to be related to the sedentary lifestyle, especially when coupled with greater acceptance of being obese.
I have heard the argument that weight control is a man-made concern
(i.e. is not mentioned in the Bible and is therefore not required by
God). In light of this, why bother trying to become thin? Doesn't God
love us as we are?
right. Even though gluttony-or what we might call overeating or
super-consumption-is shunned in the Bible, God doesn't require us to
lose weight after the fact. He loves us as we are. On
the other hand, I agree with you, "Just because obesity is allowable
it's not necessarily advisable." Obesity is a major public health
the basis of some of my other research on body weight and health, I
have found that being active is more important than losing weight. When
we tracked overweight people for 20 years, we found that regular
physical activity was a stronger predictor of health than was losing
A sedentary lifestyle frequently leads to health problems, especially for overweight persons. Even if a person dislikes "exercising," just increasing overall physical activity has health benefits. Indeed, the activities to which I refer do not take much time or money. Examples include parking farther away in the parking lot and using the stairs instead of the elevator. These acts, if done regularly, can add up to better health.
Dr.Rita: Should the church promote weight control?
some ways, yes, but probably not from the pulpit. When pastors preach
on obesity and/or gluttony, it can come off as accusatory and
condemning. Programs, such as weight loss groups and workshops, tend to
work better without engendering the guilt and shame. But, of course, it
depends on the program.
Dr.Rita: If you could leave us with a few practical tips that you've learned from your research, what would they be?
If you watch a lot of religious TV, consider exercising on a treadmill,
a stationary bike, or performing some other physical activity while you
watch. And, think about the attitudes that your church has toward
exercise and healthy eating. If you're not careful, those habits might
rub off on you. Better yet, be a voice for health within your congregation. You will find others who want the encouragement to live a healthy life.
Dr.Rita: Thank you so much not only for this helpful information, but also for your work, in general.
Dr.Ferraro: My pleasure!
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