Rev. Sharpton describes that he recalls losing weight about ten years ago, while fasting in a Puerto Rico prison (related to a protest) and how he liked looking leaner. Although he gained much of the weight back, he never forgot that experience.
More recently, his daughter asked him why he was “so fat” and why he wore (baggy) jogging suits so often, hinting that his appearance may have been embarrassing to her. That was the last straw. He was determined to get fit.
Why should we care?
As African Americans, we generally die younger than whites, often due to preventable diseases. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity permeate our family trees, resulting in much suffering and early death. Rev. Sharpton’s transformation should serve as an example of the power of lifestyle changes – truly a fountain of youth! Too often we rely upon medication and surgery, but do not address the root cause of disease, which is most often based on the daily dietary and lifestyle choices we make.
Also worthy of note is Rev. Sharpton’s decision to take to the airwaves his message on the importance of dietary choices for disease prevention – in essence, a ministry of healthy lifestyle healing from which we can all benefit, enjoying healthier, longer lives.
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