A four-year study from the Northwestern University says that adults who frequents religious services are 50% more likely to become obese compared to people with limited religious involvement. This latest study confirms earlier findings from the Purdue University in 1998 and one on Mormons that was published in Deseret News in 2006.
The researchers are uncertain what causes obesity in those active in religious activities, although some proffer the possibility of developing habits that associate good works and happiness with the weekly gatherings in which unhealthy foods are often served. Also, while pastors and religious leaders are strict on the don’ts: smoking, drinking and sexual promiscuity, they often overlook overeating and consumption of unhealthy foods.
Psychologists also believe that religious people are less likely to see themselves as overweight, and if they do, they are generally more accepting of the fact.
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