go to church. get fat. praise the lard!

Jesus in Toast

Jesus appears in a piece of toast.

A new study out this week links obesity to religious activity.

The 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,” says Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“And that is true even after we adjusted for variables like age, race, gender, education, income, and baseline body mass index,” he added.

The study, presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

The study says it may be all of the cheap, high-in-fat potluck foods. Then again, it could be attributable to a demographic overlay of southern cooking traditionally being high in fat and the Bible Belt being in the south. Maybe.

Or,

Do overweight people tend to gravitate toward church because it is a place they feel is more likely to accept them, since churches are not supposed to be concerned with physical appearances?

Or, do people who go to church get fatter over time (perhaps for the same reason)?

Whatever conclusion you reach, the numbers don’t lie: praise the lard!

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