Marvin Sapp Talks About Health Issues and Why Marital Life Remains Private


Recently, Kierra Sheard openly discussed her weight issues with Ebony. Now, Pastor Marvin Sapp is the latest gospel star to come out about his battle with the bulge.
“I am overweight, but I’m working on it,” said the singer who is headlining a concert to promote awareness of strokes, a leading killer of African Americans.
On Friday evening, April 12, Sapp is lent his voice to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Most Powerful Voices Gospel Concert and Health Fair at Greater Grace Church in St. Louis, MO
Statistics show that 58-68% of African American men and women are either overweight or obese. Young minorities have a 2-3 times greater risk of stroke, which is the No. 3 killer of African Americans.
“Stroke and heart disease is major in the black community because of our diet, how we eat and what we eat and how it’s prepared,” Sapp explained during an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Traditionally, family recipes passed down through generations contain high amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol and sugar, which lead to obesity-related illnesses.
“I’ve been blessed not to have diabetes or high blood pressure,” shared the "I Win" singer, who is currently shopping his “Marvin Sapp: Single Dad” reality show to networks.


Single Dad” footage: Marvin Sapp shares a hearty laugh with his daughter during a family outing

It features the recently widowed Sapp raising teenagers, two girls and a boy, pastoring a mega church, and maintaining a busy gospel music career for the first time without MaLinda, his wife of 20 years, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 2010.
“It’s not the type of show that has a whole lot of tension,” said Sapp, speculating about the reason the reality footage remains without a network home to distribute the content.
“There’s not a lot of foolishness and debauchery”--or a love interest, which executives recommend.
Despite urgings to include a leading lady, the Grand Rapids pastor is hesitant to put his love life out in the open. “I don’t believe the church is ready for that. A man of God dating publicly — some things should remain private.”
In an April 2012 radio interview with Philadelphia’s Praise 103.5, Sapp made it clear that his privacy was important to him.
“I’m going to look when I’m ready to look," he said of his search for a new wife. "And where I look is no one’s business.”
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