Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “Here I am today, 85 years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.” Joshua 14:10-11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Being thin is one of the keys to longevity”
In 2008 the National Geographic Society published the results of a study conducted by Dan Buettner. The study was designed to discover why people in “Blue Zones” tend to live so much longer than other people. Blue Zones are geographic regions where it’s not uncommon for people to live to be 100 years old or more. In those places, common elements of lifestyle, diet, and outlook have led to an amazing quantity and quality of life. In other words, people in Blue Zones tend to live longer, they live healthier, and they live happier, than people in other places generally do.
The facts Dan discovered were so helpful that National Geographic decided to publish the findings in a book entitled “The Blue Zones”. In his research Dan discovered that longevity is determined approximately 25% by genetics and 75% by lifestyle.
In future devotional messages in this series I will draw on some of the insightful and helpful facts that Dan’s research reveals, but one lesson we can learn from the study is that being thin is one of the keys to longevity. Thin people tend to live longer than overweight people do, more than ten years longer on average.
And of course, thin people tend to have a higher quality of life than do overweight people, and for obvious reasons – thin people tend to experience fewer weight and lifestyle related health problems. Being thin puts less of a strain on all body systems. The more food you consume the harder you body has to work to digest and eliminate it all. The heavier you are, the harder your heart has to work. The more weight you carry, the faster the joints deteriorate. And on it goes. Thin people tend to live longer simply because being thin is less demanding on the body than is being heavy. Quoting Dan:
“Most of us have more control over how long we live than we think. In fact, experts say that if we adopted the right lifestyle, we could add at least ten good years and suffer a fraction of the diseases that kill us prematurely.”
Now again, please remember what I said in a previous devotional message, none of this is meant to be insensitive, to hurt feelings, or to make anyone feel guilty. This is simply intended to serve as motivation and encouragement for all of us to take better care of the body God has given us. A good diet, daily exercise, and losing weight are some of the most important things you can do to take care of yourself. Tomorrow I will recommend some resources you might find helpful in achieving that.