The Eden Diet Newsletter
August 2009
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In This Issue
Dr. Rita secures a book publishing contract with Zondervan!
Interview with Dr. Kenneth Ferraro, Ph.D.
On Television
The Eden Diet E-Book
Now at MARDEL'S!
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Dr. Rita secures a book publishing contract with Zondervan!

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Interview with Dr. Kenneth Ferraro, Ph.D.
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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.


Dr.Rita: It has been suggested that the church promotes obesity through all the food-related functions (pot lucks, etc.). What do you think about that?
Dr.Ferraro:  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.
Dr.Ferraro: Believe 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.


Dr.Rita: 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?
Dr.Ferraro: You're 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 concern. 
On 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 weight. 
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?
Dr.Ferraro:  In 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?
Dr.Ferraro: 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!

On Television


Dr. Hancock will be appearing on KTBO-14-OKC's Joy In Our Town. It will air on the following days:

  • Monday, 8/24/09 at 10:30am CST
  • Tuesday, 8/25/09 at 2:30am CST
  • Thursday, 8/27/09 at 2:30am CST
  • Friday, 8/28/09 at 12pm Noon CST
  • Saturday, 8/29/09 at 2:30am CST

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It's Here!

The Eden Diet E-Book is now available through online vendors.
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Dr. Hancock's Blog!
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Visit Dr. Hancock's blog to read helpful tips on weight loss and positive encouragement!

Become a blog follower and receive inspirational messages for weight loss several times a month from Dr. Hancock

Here are a few Recent Entries:

  • Fear As A Root of Anger (And Obesity)
  • Be Careful What You Ruminate On, Bessie
  • Tempted to Cook?
  • The Weight Loss Mirage

On The Radio
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Dr. Hancock is going to be talking about The Eden Diet on The Author's Show (internet radio). It will be posted on the website on July 3rd. Listen in as she's interviewed by host Don McCauley.

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A Battle With The Flesh
Dr. Hancock's fourth Godly Affirmations CD, "A Battle With The Flesh."
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Would you like to beat those childlike, fleshly impulses that compel you to eat when you're not hungry?

Dr. Hancock's fourth Godly Affirmations CD, "A Battle With The Flesh," is coming soon!

In Dr. Hancock's Godly Affirmations CDs, you are continually reminded of God's love, mercy, and truth, and that automatically helps you to think more positively the rest of the time. When you think positively and in line with the truth of God, you feel positive. Thus, you feel less stress, and that helps you overcome stress-eating and other forms of emotional eating.

"Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Overcome negative self-talk by recognizing it and practicing (positive thinking)"
-The Mayo

Visit The Eden Diet Online Store for other Godly Affirmation CD's to start your journey down the positive thinking track to a healthier, happier way of life!

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If you can't make it to any of our Support Groups that meet weekly, you may want to try our NEW bi-monthly online Eden Diet Support Group!

Designed to bring fellow Eden Dieters together to discuss struggles, triumphs, questions and encouragement, this forum can even help those who are currently in Support Groups during their days between groups!

Go to the link: EdensFreedomSisters to join!

(This is a Yahoo Health Online Support Group)


The Eden Diet Now at MARDEL'S!!
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We are very excited to announce
that Mardel's has agreed to offer
The Eden Diet in their stores, nationwide!



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Rita M. Hancock, M.D.