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Part of this has to do with basic demographics of the church today: For men, it’s a buyer’s market.
Dating as an overweight conservative Christian woman seems impossible.
How can God redeem and save my life if he’s not even able to help me maintain a healthy weight?
Somehow, my body is sizable enough to undermine the power of the Gospel.
Only with those who consume three slices of pizza at Bible study and weigh significantly more than a chart demands can we assume gluttony is the secret sin. And yet these factors are rarely considered when a well-meaning friend sends me a link to the latest fad diet or a man avoids my eye as he announces to the waitress that no, we won’t be dessert.
[Not what I expected from my interfaith marriage: One teen is Christian, the other Jewish] Often I think others identify me by three adjectives, and always in this order: fat, single, Christian.
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Women, on the other hand, have narrowed down their lists primarily to non-negotiables: growing in the Lord, bathing regularly. When getting to know a guy, I like to hint at my weight loss journey (truly a lifelong battle — I remember being on a self-induced diet when I was only 8), because it seems the only kind of tolerable fat person is the one who’s not okay being fat, the one who despises it as much, if not more, than everyone else.