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Is Being Over-Weight A Sin?

i will preface this by saying that I am ONLY talking about those who are overweight, but by changing diet/activity could lose weight.
I am NOT talking about those with medical issues, or on meds that mess with your metabolism.

Now, back to the question:
Is being overweight a sin?
Is it a form of gluttony? Or lack of self control? Can it be considered being a bad steward of your own body?

Should obesity be portrayed as an acceptable lifestyle choice?
Sizes everywhere are getting larger and larger to accommodate for the ever-growing population of obese people - should society be trying to make being obese easy?
Take for example another dangerous lifestyle choice: Smoking - society has made it as difficult as possible for smokers, both in cost and where they can smoke..should the same be done concerning weight?

TONS we can discuss - please keep it nice people.

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Niff, I don't know about being overweight as a lifestyle choice or a sin. That's a tough one. I guess if someone chronically overeats that could be considered a self-control issue. I believe gluttony is mentioned somewhere in the NT in a list of sins. I'm not really sure about all this BUT one thing I wanted to comment on is when you said they've made smoking a difficult thing to do in public. I think the difference with that versus someone overeating is that smoking directly affects other people around them, while the overeating does not.
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It depends on how you view the human body.
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Well--we are the temple of Christ. And we are to treat our bodies as such. We are not to cut or make markings on our bodies--part of ancient pagan worship involved cutting. Not talking about surgery here!--And the bible does say "to him that overcometh" will be given the right to enter into the city of God and eat of the tree of life. So, being fat is not exactly overcoming, I guess. The bible does talk against gluttony--then you have to define gluttony. There are people who have very high metabolisms who require enormous amounts of food. They eat like pigs just to stay underweight! (I hate them!)--I knew 2 sisters who drank cream--not milk, and had to eat just about every 2 hours in order to be about 10 lbs underweight! They were actually tired of eating! And when they went dancing they had to be eating all the time. Me--I look at food and gain 10 lbs. I am obese--and it sucks--I can't exercise, I have foot nueropathy pain that gets ever so much worse with walking, along with severe cramping. I have fibro and other stuff and even if you eat only 1000 calories a day (which they say you should not go under)--but you only use up about 500 calories 'cause you can't hardly move--well--only one way that scale is going--up. Being fat is a health issue. We are supposed to take care of our bodies. And you know what---there is not one instance in the whole entire bible where a fat person was healed--nope--we got to do this on our own! I guess God will help--a little--but He doesn't seem to have much in the line of miracles for us--we got to tuff it out and eat carrots and alfalfa sprouts. Overcome!! I don't want to not be able to go into the city 'cause I can't fit through the doors!--on the other hand--if I were 8 feet tall I would not have a weight problem! More stretching???
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Deriving excessive pleasure from eating is not good. If you wonder if that applies to you then... People who don't have that problem probably don't wonder about it.
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Being overweight, Which I confess to being, is indeed a sin, as the body is the temple of the Lord. So too is ear or any other piercing, tattooing and hair dyeing also qualify as a sin as these things show a lack of respect for the body that God has given us by putting our own vision of human perfection above that of God's. Gossiping and intolerance of those that have engaged in the things that I previously listed are also grievous sins. Use of mind altering substances also qualify as sins as does lust and impure thoughts and numerous other things which I do not have the time, inclination or space to specify. Numbering and pointing out the sins of others is also a sin and worthy of eternal damnation. Thank God Jesus has paid the price for these sins.
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Then again, if the body is a temple to the lord then perhaps the larger the temple the greater the glory to God.
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Then again, if the body is a temple to the lord then perhaps the larger the temple the greater the glory to God.
My temple has grown considerably so I must be very pious.
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i will preface this by saying that I am ONLY talking about those who are overweight, but by changing diet/activity could lose weight.
I am NOT talking about those with medical issues, or on meds that mess with your metabolism.

Now, back to the question:
Is being overweight a sin?
Is it a form of gluttony? Or lack of self control? Can it be considered being a bad steward of your own body?

Should obesity be portrayed as an acceptable lifestyle choice?
Sizes everywhere are getting larger and larger to accommodate for the ever-growing population of obese people - should society be trying to make being obese easy?
Take for example another dangerous lifestyle choice: Smoking - society has made it as difficult as possible for smokers, both in cost and where they can smoke..should the same be done concerning weight?

TONS we can discuss - please keep it nice people.

Peace,
- Niffer

Being overweight is not a sin. If someone was doing sinful things that resulted in being overweight, then those things would be sin, but not being overweight. Furthermore, a person could be overweight because they are spending their time tending to the needs of others, rather than working out, you know? Like what if a person had a sick relative, and caring fir that relative required them to sit for long periods of time? That's just one example. Iow, there are only so many hours in a day, and if people are making good choices with their time, but not fitting in the exercise, that would not be a sin.
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1CO 6:12 "Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything.

1CO 10:23 "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive.
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