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Measuring tape wrapped around waist

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, a subject’s waist is measured during an obesity prevention study in Chicago. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, the U.S. obesity rate continues to rise, with an especially large jump in the ranks of people who are severely obese. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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Measuring tape wrapped around waist

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, a subject’s waist is measured during an obesity prevention study in Chicago. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, the U.S. obesity rate continues to rise, with an especially large jump in the ranks of people who are severely obese. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Where do our beliefs about health come from? A religious scholar has some surprising theories

Dr. Michelle Lelwica is the author of several books including, Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement and Religion of Thinness: Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers Behind Women’s Obsession with Food and Weight, which examine the deep relationship between body image and moral purity. Reset speaks with the religious scholar to learn how Christianity has informed our beliefs about what makes a healthy body. GUEST: Michelle Lelwica, professor of religion at Concordia College

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, a subject’s waist is measured during an obesity prevention study in Chicago. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, the U.S. obesity rate continues to rise, with an especially large jump in the ranks of people who are severely obese. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

   

Dr. Michelle Lelwica is the author of several books including, Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement and Religion of Thinness: Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers Behind Women’s Obsession with Food and Weight, which examine the deep relationship between body image and moral purity. Reset speaks with the religious scholar to learn how Christianity has informed our beliefs about what makes a healthy body. 

GUEST: Michelle Lelwica, professor of religion at Concordia College

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