January 15th, 2008 02:29 EST
How the Faithful Can Stop Feeding the Fat Epidemic
With the release of her much anticipated book Diets Don't Work, But Jesus Does, faith-based wellness expert Shannon Tanner is making an astounding claim - diets will rarely if EVER work for people of faith. This bold statement is backed up by research professors hailing from leading universities. According to a study by Purdue University, more than 65% of church-goers are overweight or obese, with Baptists being the heaviest.
"As Christians, we are supposed to seek God's word for answers to all of life's challenges, we shouldn't be the ones following the failing and fad-riddled diet industry," states Shannon. The book challenges the entire premise of the secular weight loss industry, declaring that it is essentially a 40 billion dollar industry that thrives on consumer failure. Diets Don't Work...but Jesus Does was written to solve the weight loss woes for people of faith who are tired of being trapped in this costly diet cycle.
Through Diets Don't Work...But Jesus Does, Shannon teaches the same biblically based principles from her groundbreaking Body Temple Wellness workshops that have helped thousands of Christians overcome disordered eating and poor health since 1994. In addition to learning how to shed unwanted pounds, readers will also get a personal view of Shannon, who herself struggled with obesity, a severe eating disorder, and food addiction. After losing 73 pounds (which she has kept off for over 10 years) and gaining insight on how her journey could help others, Shannon developed a wellness life-style program that teaches a practical and workable solution to how faith wins at weight loss.
"Churches have tended to focus on what they deemed as 'serious sins'. Who really cares about an extra two scoops of Hagen-Dazs, or extra helpings of mashed potatoes; Gluttony is not a popular subject in most pulpits." comments Shannon.
But with Johns Hopkins University predicting that by 2015 nearly 75% of the entire nation will be obese, the church is coming full circle in realizing the need to incorporate weight loss and wellness into its life giving messages. Diets Don't Work...But Jesus Does introduces this message to a nationwide audience, with the hope of producing immediate and permanent weight loss results and lasting spiritual renewal in its readers.
About Shannon Tanner
Shannon Tanner is a motivational speaker, health advocate, natural herbalist and life-coach with more than 15 years of experience as a leader in the Weight Loss and Wellness Industry. Shannon is a founding partner of Body Temple Wellness, an organization focused on bringing a message of health, weight-loss and wellness to the body of Christ. She has worked in both the Christian and secular counseling worlds and has helped thousands of men and women break the bondage of food addiction and the cycle of chronic emotional, physical and spiritual dis-ease.
Diets Don't Work...But Jesus Does can be purchased online at www.Amazon.com. To request a review copy or media interview with Shannon Tanner, contact: Dana Taylor.