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Why Lose Weight
By Brenda Hermiz :: Saturday, April 28, 2012 :: 48798 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness
Do you believe it's simple to lose weight? If you listen to the weight loss industry, you've been told over and over how easy it is--just take this pill, follow that diet or buy this piece of equipment and everything will melt away in a flash. In fact, it’s even harder for Chaldeans to lose weight.  Our cultural foods and family habits have not caught up to the way we now live.
 
The idea behind weight loss is simple-burn more calories than you eat. This can be accomplished by replacing a couple of sodas with water and adding 20 minutes of walking each day.  This sounds simple because it is, but why can't we seem to do it?

There are a number of factors that contribute to our weight gain that you already know. But it's not just about finding time to exercise or choosing the salad over the burger.  It is about a genuine commitment to make healthy decisions every day of our Chaldean lives.  It begins with learning of the dangers, weight gain brings to our lives and the health gained when we shed the pounds.
 
1. Weight loss helps you avoid heart disease, hypertension and stroke.

It is a well-known fact people who are overweight tend to have increased cholesterol. Excess cholesterol in the blood can increase the chances of getting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. When a stroke happens, some body functions might be lost because the blood flow is hindered and blood cannot reach the area that controls that function.

Several studies have proven that heart disease and stroke are the main reasons for fatality and disability in the USA. Consequently it would be reasonable to say that we may well considerably decrease these statistics by making sure that we are at our ideal weight.

2. Weight loss prevents occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes.

Researches have shown that diabetes can be associated with being overweight. Diabetes can put your health in peril due to the possible complications the disease can bring. If you have diabetes already, then exercising regularly which includes dancing, walking or jogging and controlling your weight can help maintain normal sugar levels in the blood.

3. Weight loss reduces your possibility of having cancer.

There are also researchers proving that being overweight can be associated with different types of cancer. For instance, overweight women are more prone to having colon, breast as well as ovary, uterus and cancer of the gall bladder. For men who are overweight, this may include cancer of the rectum, colon and prostate cancer.

Losing weight can boost a person’s health in numerous ways. By only losing 10% of your present weight, it can already make a difference in the way you feel everyday. Losing weight is a continuous fight that you have to deal with but the good thing to know is that it can be done. Losing weight will not only help to trim down possible health risks but will also help with increasing the confidence of the individual.
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St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  


Rev. Frank Kalabat
 

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.

 

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
 
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.