Being fat and being sexy are two things that generally always lead to getting attention. From Victoria’s Secret to The Biggest Looser, let’s face it, we like looking at people. Two stories in recent weeks speak to this fascination we have with such topics by turning our desire to feel good and look good into a challenge.
You’ve heard about Relevant Church in Tampa, Fla. and their challenge to married couples to have sex every day for 30 days and to singles to abstain from sex for 30 days. But before all that hanky-panky, we should probably lose a little weight. In their daily “Across the USA” wrap-up on February 19, USA Today referenced the story out of Oklahoma City about the 15 “predominately black” churches that are participating in a weight-loss challenge. Zora Brown, a health care official with Integris Health, initiated the contest. Brown wants to address the “health disparities among blacks by fighting obesity.”
Although I do have my reservations about the approach for the sex-o-rama drive, I applaud both of these campaigns for their desire to see healthy relationships and healthy bodies. These are both really practical ways for bringing people together around a very worthwhile cause. The way these campaigns include insiders and outsiders is also a home-run.