?Recently, Hubby and I were trying to acclimatize to the foods in a foreign country and visited a superstore to browse their shelf for different kinds of food items and buy some for our family. One particular item caught my attention and I showed it to him. Immediately my hubby saw the title of the item, he flinched. The item was named Devil’s Food. I inwardly wondered whether any Nigerian supermarket would stock and display any food item with such a title, given that we are such a highly religious society.
Hubby and I could not have picked an item whose title conflicted with our faith and also weren’t planning on packing any calories; so, we moved to search for other food items but the image of that product stayed on my mind. I thought about the importance of food and how it can alter lifestyles if it is not managed properly.
Poor food management and dieting has been linked with obesity and other life threatening disorders, for example, anorexia and bulimia. Every year, millions of people die from obesity .In Nigeria, obesity is a growing health problem. The 2018 National Nutrition and Health Survey (NNHS) stated that ‘childhood overweight results in immediate issues, such as metabolic abnormalities including raised cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Childhood overweight is also a strong risk factor for adult obesity and its consequences, which in turn has vast implications for the overall development of a nation.’
My bible gives me an understanding of how God perceives food. Genesis 1: 29 says, ‘Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’ Genesis 9:3 says that, ‘Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.’ Proverbs 15:17 advises, ‘Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.’
These verses tell me to have a positive relationship with food. Food is one of the powerful gifts God blessed the earth with. It pays to understand God’s wisdom in creating food and giving all His creation access to utilize it. We all must appreciate food as one of life’s treasures.
As you enjoy each day in the new year, let’s adopt healthy food habits, avoid packing up the harmful calories and being at risk of any damaging disorders.
Happy New Year!