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08/10/06 - Nacogdoches

The Morality of Overeating

by Donna McCollum

What we consume in our bodies evidently creates some moral debate.  Earlier we asked you to respond to a KTRE web poll. We asked whether or not you think alcohol and drugs are a moral issue.  Just over one percent said alcohol is morally wrong, but drugs aren't.  Nearly 27 percent said drugs are morally wrong, but alcohol isn't.  Over 40 percent said both are morally wrong, while just under 32 percent say neither are wrong.

If drugs and alcohol create that kind of moral debate, what about food, or rather too much of it. Overeating is considered by many to be an immoral behavior including Karen Mast. "If you use food as a god instead of going to god than it is a real moral issue." Mast watches what and how much she eats because she knows God is watching. "I would say overeating really becomes immoral when it hurts your health because it doesn't just effect you. It effects all those people around you."

Yet controlling how much she eats has always been a struggle for Mast. That is until her discovery of faith based diets.   The former instructor and participant explained, "They bring in a third dimension of spirituality. Relying on God because he is the great motivator. He's the great comforter, so you rely on him instead of your own discipline, of our own ability to push away from the table."

Many people run errands before their exercise program, but with Karen she starts her exercise with a prayer. "You start with a devotional or scripture that will relate to the discipline of that day," said Mast.

The daily devotional leads to a daily workout.  This is Mast's least favorite part. "I do not enjoy it. It is not something I want to do, but if I pray about it first than go do it and discipline with it than I do enjoy it."

Occasionally Mast enjoys special meals, just like the feasts she reads about in the Bible. But afterwards it's back to her spiritual diet and exercise plan. "By the Grace of God I work on it everyday." 

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