Pope Francis was noticed to have had a weight gain since the time he was made the head of the Roman church. The doctors blamed it on the dishes he ate and the lack of exercise. But he never stopped indulging in the food he liked even though they were not good for weight and health. Thus, Pope Francis’ weight gain was never countered.
Pope Francis is the current head of the Catholic Church, the bishop of Rome, and the sovereign of the Vatican City State. He is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III, a Syrian who reigned in the 8th century.
He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. As a young man, he worked for a time as a bouncer and a janitor before he trained to be a chemist and got work as a technician in a food science laboratory. He got severely ill in 1958 and when he made recovery, he was inspired to join the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
11 years later, in 1969, he had been ordained a Catholic priest. And he became the Jesuit provincial superior in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998, he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and three years later, in 2001, he was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II.
On 28 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned and a papal conclave was held, which elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as his successor. And then he chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, which is how Pope Francis came to be.
Throughout his public life, Francis has had international visibility as a pope because universally, he has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God’s mercy, concern for the poor, and mostly commitment to interreligious dialogue. He is also credited with having a less formal approach to the papacy than his predecessors, for instance, people loved that he chose to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than in the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace used by previous popes.
If you had never thought that you would ever hear anything like Pope Francis’ weight gain, then how wrong you were. Because he has gotten everyone concerned about his size. It has never seemed like his weight and health were his biggest concern. So, over the years, he has gotten bigger and bigger. And now people are curious about his weight gain!
Pope Francis’ Weight Gain: He Indulged in Unhealthy Dishes and Never Did Exercises!
Pope Francis (@franciscus) may have inspired humility, he may have inspired kindness, and he may have inspired patience and tolerance but what he hasn’t inspired in people is weight goals. From the very beginning, he had eaten like he hadn’t a care in the world and it had shown in his body. So, the curiosity about his weight gain among people goes way back though it may have heightened momentarily because he had to fulfill a lot of responsibility after the death of Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis’ weight gain is not a recent event. His doctors had first noticed that he was gaining weight at an alarming rate since the time he was first elected the head of the Roman Catholic Church, which was more than five decades ago. The doctors had blamed him getting bigger on too much spaghetti, ravioli, and not enough exercise, and urged him to stay away from the food he ate.
But he would never stop eating like he did. If people knew how outspoken he had been about his love for pizza, they would know that he would never stay from eating what he liked. According to the revelations of the Swiss Guard, soldiers of the Guard who work for the Vatican, to the publication Buon Appetito, Pope Francis’ favorite dishes include dulche de leche for dessert, empanadas, roast sirloin steak, and other Argentinian specialties. These dishes are just good and majestic for the taste, not so much for health and weight. From his eating habits, we could tell that his weight gain was always inevitable.
His doctors reportedly told Ansa, an Italian news agency that Pope Francis needed to cut back on pasta and to have a more ‘disciplined’ regimen. He really did but he did not take up their advice. He seemed to be the kind of person who took joy in having food and delight in eating for the tongue and the taste of the food. So, neither did he change his diet, nor did he do exercises to keep his weight and waistline in check. He just didn’t care about his weight gain. Even if he was fat-shamed mercilessly.
Pope Francis has not yet changed his ways and from that, you can tell he always had that weight gain. According to the ANSA news agency, he has again been warned by Italian doctors to “eat less pasta, walk more often, and lose a little weight to take some strain off his aching back.” They also told him that changing his eating habits, including having fewer carbs and pasta only a few times per week is needed to counter a weight gain noticed in recent years.
But he who has not been shy about his love of pizza and who typically rises at 4:30 a.m. to start his busy days admitted in his Holy Thursday homily that he’s just plain pooped out. So, he’s not making any efforts to counter his weight gain.