I'm posting this as a reaction to the news story that an 8 year old boy was removed from his home by Child Protection Services because he was severely overweight at 200 lbs. I DO NOT want to rehash that story, I'm merely bringing it up because it acts as a catalyst for this post. I've noticed here at BB and at other Christian forums I've read over the years that there is a defense of obesity. I remember a thread on this board where people were claiming that being overweight was not offensive to God because it was not gluttony. That the verse that refers to the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit did not mean that the Spirit was being grieved because a person happened to be overweight. (I DO NOT want to discuss the interpretation of this verse.) My observations have been that many Christians are quick to defend being overweight or to poo-poo statistics pointing to the health risks and outcomes of being overweight. Apparently it is perfectly fine to be 50 pounds overweight. There is nothing wrong with it. I'd like to hear from people that think being overweight is a not big deal. What's the rationale? Please spare me the exceptions where it It could be a glandular malfunction; it could be that although someone is overweight they still participate in athletic activity; it could be hereditary and there is 'nothing' the person can do about it. Don't harangue about how it's none of anyone else's business how much someone weighs. Don't go off on how it's not the government's business to get involved in ANY WAY. I simply want to know: Why is it OK to be overweight? And before you retort with "Who says it is OK?" just look around the next time you are at the shopping mall or grocery store. People are saying it's OK by the amount of body fat they are carrying around.