Does going to Church make you fat?
About 6 years ago, I left uni, got a full time job, married my best friend, and started getting properly involved in Church again… It was around that time… I started… to put a little bit more weight on…
I always used to put this down to the double whammy of getting married and starting to eat proper food at the same time… This study suggests that church* may well have had something to do with it as well:
Young, religiously active people are more likely than their non-religious counterparts to become obese in middle age, according to new research. In fact, frequent religious involvement appears to almost double the risk of obesity compared with little or no involvement.
What is unclear from the new research is why religion might be associated with overeating.
“Churches pay more attention to obvious vices like smoking or drinking,” said Matthew Feinstein, lead author of the research and fourth-year medical student atNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Our best guess about why is that…more frequent participation in church is associated with good works and people may be rewarding themselves with large meals that are more caloric in nature than we would like.”
MSN are also covering the story as well.
So can the Church do anything to help people mind their… stomach width..?
*May be looking for an excuse
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