one who persists in making a glutton of himself has no place in the Congregation of God's people...those who practice such things will not inherit God's Kingdom."
This ranks right up there with the possibility of being disfellowshipped for being unclean (I mean physically, nasty, stinky, unhygenically unclean). A person in the Borg can and does get their "Privileges" removed but that is as far as it ever goes...maybe unannounced reproof. Technically, a person could be D/F'd for both of these things (gluttony and being nasty unclean) But I have never heard it happening. I once asked about the unhygenic reason for a D/F. The DO I asked said he had never heard of it happening..and he had served in Service Dept. and had been in traveling work for decades.
Pretty unlikely it would happen....even in the high control organization of the Borg. I am sure they would never do anything to actually help such individuals....which brings me to this:
I have been thinking about obese folks since last week when I came across a customer in their home who had to weigh 500 pounds. The box springs on his bed was shattered...mattress had a permanent sag. Pizza boxes stacked next to him with a recent addition of a Pizza Hut box and a McDonald's bag right there that he was eating from. He could barely walk and was headed in the direction that you see on TLC shows such as "20,000 calories", et al. Someone is enabling this individual...by giving them money or bringing the food or something.
My question, and I don't intend to be insulting to any here who are obese... (Esp since I have always been a thin person..but even I have to watch out or I will end up like my dad did...80 pounds overweight when he died)...I only ask out of concern and curiosity... is: how does this happen? I know that some medical conditions and medicines can exascerbate the problem.....but at what point does a person just ...I dont know...wake up so damn fat and does nothing about it? Getting fat does not happen overnight...it takes time....and it is a simple medical fact that if we consume more calories than we expend in energy we are going to gain weight.....The solution, which I am sure is much harder once a person gets to that point.,...is to eat less calories and excercise....
The abundance of junk food and fast food and convenience food coupled with the serious lack of cooking skills in our younger generation is leading the US and other western lands to become huge..... we will have a country full of people on disability for problems brought on by obesity soon and no one working to pay the taxes to pay for those checks and the medical bills of these people will go unpaid....a spiral that will happen if people dont wake up soon. You cannot legislate healthy living.
Sorry if this is a hijack...it seems this is as good a thread as any to ask this serious question...It is not my intent to poke fun or make light of anyone in this serious situation. I just want to understand so I can be more empathetic..
SnakesInTheTower (of the "only wanting to understand" Sheep Class)