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Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity

R. Marie Griffith

Abstract

“Fat People Don't Go to Heaven!” screamed a headline in the tabloid Globe in November 2000. The story recounted the success of the Weigh Down Workshop, the nation's largest Christian diet corporation and the subject of extensive press coverage from Larry King Live to the New Yorker. In the United States today, hundreds of thousands of people are making diet a religious duty by enrolling in Christian diet programs and reading Christian diet literature such as What Would Jesus Eat? and Fit for God. Far ranging in its implications, and full of stories of real people, this book launches an investi ... More

Keywords: Weigh Down Workshop, Christian diet, Christian fitness, culture, America, body, New England Puritans, Progressive Era, New Thought, evangelical diet preachers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520217539
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520217539.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Marie Griffith, author