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The comedian got serious for a moment. He looked at the audience as if to confide in them something very personal. At one time in his life he had a significant weight problem, he told them. But he was able to solve it through a remarkable eating program he had discovered. "Believe it or not," he said, "this is a diet where you can actually eat all you want. No, really. You think I'm joking, but I'm not," he insisted, with tongue firmly in cheek. "You can eat anything ... just don't swallow."

Sometimes it helps to take some of the seriousness out of serious issues in order to get a fresh perspective.

Unquestionably, weight control is a serious issue. Evan Mehlenbacher, author of our lead article, knows this only too well. He tried unsuccessfully for years to shed pounds. You name the method and he probably tried it. The perspective that finally brought him success was a spiritual one: "One night when I looked in the mirror and saw the overweight figure that was so distressing to me, I realized that the physical form I was seeing was not representative of my true self as God's image, the real me." He tells how prayer and spiritual discoveries literally reshaped his life, and how they can do the same for anyone.

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February 21, 2000

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