Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Mother Theresa » 28 Mar 2011, 12:40

So, do you believe the results of this study may be correct or not?

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?
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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 28 Mar 2011, 12:55

And why do we have bigger dicks?
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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Mother Theresa » 28 Mar 2011, 12:58

The lord works in strange and mysterious ways?
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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Dragonbones » 28 Mar 2011, 14:10

There are plenty of poorly designed studies out there with findings that are not replicated under proper conditions. We shouldn't assume the results of a particular study such as this are reliable or valid without closer inspection. Did this get into a prestigious, peer-reviewed journal, which is indicative of higher quality?
Apparently not: it was merely presented at a meeting (which is not the same thing).

Were the effects of other variables such as ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status controlled for properly? Apparently:
“And that is true even after we adjusted for variables like age, race, gender, education, income, and baseline body mass index


Have other studies found similar results?
Previous research by Northwestern Medicine has found a correlation between religious involvement and obesity in middle age and older adults.


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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Jaboney » 28 Mar 2011, 14:14

Mother Theresa wrote:I'm not trying to cast judgment on anyone, just wondering why religious people might be fatter than others. What do you think?

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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Deuce Dropper » 28 Mar 2011, 14:25

communion must be high in calories?
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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby achdizzy1099 » 28 Mar 2011, 14:52

It's all true. Except sometimes I run across a slammin' hot Christian girl and think "I would #@$%! the ba-Jesus out of her!"

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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Taffy » 28 Mar 2011, 15:00

As a fat atheist, does this make me an outlier? Do I need to find God, or lose weight?
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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Dragonbones » 28 Mar 2011, 15:12

Taffy wrote:As a fat atheist, does this make me an outlier? Do I need to find God, or lose weight?


As atheist outliers, you and I definitely need to avoid those church social potlucks! :lol:
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Re: Why are religious people fatter than non-religious?

Postby Mother Theresa » 28 Mar 2011, 15:26

No! You just need to pray harder. :no-no:



Or not. Heck, I don't understand how these things work.
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