Attack obesity at its causes
The number of Americans considered obese is expected to rise from the current 34 percent to 42 percent by the year 2030, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and discussed at Monday’s “Weight of the Nation” conference in Washington. Diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease, and other obesity-related ailments account for countless premature deaths and as much as 18 percent of the $2.6 trillion national cost of medical care.
The leading causes of obesity are consumption of fat-laden meat and dairy products and lack of exercise. This is particularly critical during childhood years, when lifestyle habits become lifelong addictions.
A five-year Oxford University study of 22,000 people, published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2006, found that those on a vegetarian or vegan diet gained the least weight. A review of 87 studies in Nutrition Reviews concluded that a vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss.
The time has come to replace meat and dairy products in our diet with wholesome grains, vegetables, and fruits and to undertake a regular exercise program. Parents should insist on healthy school lunch choices and set a good example at their own dinner table.
— Tommy Caton
Uplifting service for believers
If you want an uplifting way to start your week, then I encourage you to attend worship services with the Wabash Valley Ministerial Association.
Our family has been attending Eastside Church of Christ in Terre Haute since the summer of 2004. For the first time since we have been attending, it hosted this special worship. I want to encourage people of all faiths to attend this service. The singing was inspirational and the prayer was heartfelt.
As 350 or more people from different churches softly turned the pages from the same Bibles, we listened to a sermon relevant to each of our lives. We also heard a moving presentation about Next Step, a program for women who are seeking to overcome addictions. This program is located at 619 Washington Ave. in Terre Haute.
Believers in God from the following churches, to name only a few, were present: Agape Christian, Cross Tabernacle, Eastside Church of Christ, First Southern Baptist, Foursquare Gospel, Maryland Community, Mount Pleasant United Methodist, Nazarene, Salt of the Earth, and World Gospel. Though of different church backgrounds, we were beautifully united in worshipping God, and it appeared most were enjoying ourselves.
These worship services take place on the months having a fifth Sunday. The next service will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. at First Southern Baptist at 2403 S. 8th St., Terre Haute. Please join us.
— Doreen M. Waldbieser
Evolution based on faith, not proof
This letter is in response to “Writer refutes own argument” published Thursday, April 19, 2012. My dear Ms. Ann Carlisle: I couldn’t agree with you more; religion is a faith-based belief, and so is the theory of evolution.
Here’s Webster’s definition of faith: Strong or unshakable belief in something without proof. Anyone who believes in the theory of evolution is doing so without proof.
Thank your for refuting your own argument and strengthening mine.
— C. Robert Follett