According to the researchers at Purdue University, 65% of church-goers are in the overweight and obese categories. So while most church pastors will look glumly at their dwindling congregation numbers, another Los Angeles based Christian organisation will seek to create a new faith-following that will address both excess weight and the lower church attendances, in one attempt.
Body Temple Wellness, a Christian weight loss and wellness company is about to launch a nationwide church tour and weight loss challenge, to unleash its faith based weight-loss programme, which it says their own members have been enjoying since 1994. The challenge seeks to introduce participants to spiritual and psychological health healing, which will address issues such as food addictions, low self-esteem, and compliance to non-biblical weight-loss programs. Their mission is to 'revolutionise the health and spiritual well-being of the Body of Christ. We create wholeness, legacy and permanent weight-loss results. We empower the church to become a holistic beacon of light, freedom and vibrant wellness.'
The â€œHow Faith Wins at Weight Loss Tour & Church Challengeâ€ starts in Los Angeles, at Faithful Central Bible Church Tabernacle, where it will offer a two hour workshop based around the controversial book 'Diets Don't Work, But Jesus Does', before touring 10 cities in the U.S including Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Charlotte, DC/Maryland, Chicago, Detroit, and San Diego.
The church based weight-loss challenge is a first, and will hope to prove that the faith based weight-loss program will provide both inner and outer transformations in participants and the church's themselves - and maybe a few more people per pew.