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Alabama Baptist fights Health Issues

By Grace Thornton

Alabama Baptist churches sit right in the buckle of the Bible Belt.  And that belt is a lot bigger than it should be, Rondie Wilks said.

"Next to the other addictions that we preach and teach about — alcohol, pornography, drugs — people see gluttony as much more acceptable in our part of the world,” said Wilks, a fitness trainer and life coach.  But food is an addiction too, she said, and that’s especially evident in Alabama and Mississippi, the two fattest states in the nation.

"According to God’s standards, He wants us to discipline ourselves,” Wilks said.  But that’s something that’s hard for Baptists sometimes, with pastors living stressed-out lives and with doughnuts and casseroles everywhere, she said.


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