study, conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, found that young adults who frequently attended religious activities were far more likely to become obese than those who didn’t.
“Our main finding was that people with a high frequency of religious participation in young adulthood were 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than those with no religious participation in young adulthood,” . . .
that is true even after we adjusted for variables like age, race, gender, education, income, and baseline body mass index,"
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42256829/ns ... nutrition/
and, if the results are accurate, what's the reason?
- Religious people tend to be wimpier and less outdoorsy/athletic?
- Religious people tend to care less about looking attractive to potential sexual partners?
- Religious people tend to care less about life on this planet (because they think the next life is what's important)?
- Religious people tend to care less about their bodies, because they believe/rationalize that the soul is what really matters?
- Religious people tend to have less personal drive, because they think God will take care of them so they needn't put out the effort?
I'm not trying to cast judgment on anyone, just wondering why religious people might be fatter than others. What do you think?