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My Fight to Be Fit: Linda Michaels

Linda is a producer and lives in Virginia Beach. Come back each Monday and Wednesday to follow her progress.


July 26, 2006

Is Food Your Best Friend?

On Monday’s blog entry, I talked about how, as a child, I learned to turn to food to comfort me when I was lonely. Yesterday, I learned about a study revealing that Americans are lonelier than they have ever been before. Now, I’m not a scientist, sociologist or statistician, but it certainly makes me wonder if that's one of the reasons that Americans have such a problem with weight loss.

Not long ago, my Pastor mentioned that during the daily bike rides he takes with his wife, he notices all the glowing screens inside the houses and wonders if families spend very much time talking with each other anymore.

I blame my loneliness on my singleness. But this study made me think it’s not just singles who struggle with feeling alone.

The study, conducted by sociologists at Duke and the University of Arizona, found that the number of "socially isolated" Americans has doubled since 1985.

Years ago, I remember hearing a warning that America would be in trouble it idn’t learn to be high touch as it became more high tech.

We have more ways of contacting each other than ever. But apparently the discussions taking place with cell phones, e-mail and text messages are not making us feel more connected to each other.

Personally, I don't find these tools as helpful in establishing relationships as they are for supporting those that have already been established through good old fashioned face to face contact.

I believe the Lord created us to need one another. And I believe that He cares about our need for friends and satisfying relationships just as much as He cares about our other basic needs like food and shelter.

So may the Lord bless you with wonderful friends and improved family relationships as you continue your weight loss journey.

Be sure to sign on to our message board to support other Christians in their weight loss efforts.

God bless you,


Previous blogs: How I got Roped into This, Dodging the Donuts, Why Losing Weight Takes Faith, When the Scales Won't Budge, Ask the Experts, Sweet Scale Success, Are You Having Fun Yet?, All or Nothing, Weapons For Your Weight Loss War, Winning the Weight Loss Battle, Eating Over Anger, Your Weight Loss Season, Weight Loss By the Numbers, My Love Affair With Food











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