Weight Workshop Diet Controversy Explained


The Weigh Down Workshop preached weight loss through religious discipline. As the New York Times explained in the 2004 article, the workshop and the Remnant Fellowship taught members how to tell the difference between hunger that is right in your head and real hunger, which occurs when your stomach is growling. If you are hungry but don’t feel the rumbling, Shamblin would advise you to read the Bible instead of checking the contents of your refrigerator.

People appearing in HBO’s new documentary Max “The Way Down” claim the church was exercising more and more control over its members, according to The Guardian. Punishments within the church have also become extreme, according to the documentary. A babysitter featured in the document said she was ordered to beat a boy in church. Shamblin’s Remnant Fellowship ticked all the boxes to be a cult, including controlling and abusing members and cutting them off from their families, the documentary’s producer told The Guardian. It is an accusation that the church denies on its website: “Remnant Fellowship categorically denies the absurd and defamatory statements and accusations made in this documentary.”

If you have an eating disorder, or know someone who has, help is available. Visit the National Association of Eating Disorders website or contact the NEDA live hotline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also receive 24/7 crisis assistance via SMS (send NEDA to 741-741).


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