The big thing

This is serious. And as much as we detest flippy cleverness in an editorial: This is a big problem.

Donna Branscum with the County Health Department presented to the Quorum Court at its meeting last Thursday night a really interesting, and really terrifying, statistic: Nationally diabetes is on the rise, now up to about 8.8 percent of the population. Van Buren County, however, is way past that, with 13 percent of the county having diabetes.

Wait, it gets worse: 36 percent of the county population is obese. That is, to make sure the point is driven home, a 36 percent obesity rate for Van Buren County.

Branscum put it best: “Our lifestyle is killing us.”

We type this is the same space which has in the past touted the wonders of baked goods served through drive-up window. We continue to assert this is a wonderful thing and should be encouraged.

But, and this is important: You can't have all this without all that. If you're going to buy pastry at the drive-up, you need to go for a walk. If you're going to suck down a half-gallon of a sugared drink to wash down the deep-fried entree, you got to do something to counter that. Got to. Like maybe not eat like that five days in a row.

Here in the buckle of the Bible Belt, as they say, it's no giant shock to assert “All things in moderation,” nor should it be. After all, the reckless hedonism of gouging on the wrong thing constantly will, if nothing else, end the party sooner. Still, who doesn't like a pastry? Deep fried (something)? Ice cream? (Ain't no way we're giving up ice cream.)

But, and again this is important, if it's what you're all - all - about, you're - as Branscum points out - killing yourself.

Now for the mercenary take: If you have a diet made up of junk and you avoid exercise you're going to be sickly. If you're going to be sickly you're going to cost the county money. If you are costing the county money you're taking money away from resources which have higher benefit other than keeping you in dessert options. Consider the “us,” in Branscum's statement. You're killing all of “us,” the “we” of this thing, your fellow citizens.

Hey, enjoy dinner, go hit a fish fry this weekend. S'all good. But go for a walk, and maybe skip the heavy foods for a few days to make up for it.

It won't kill you.

Sperling is hurd

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Romans 12 (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.