I work as a local truck driver and I am starting to notice that a large number of the really religious people (People with many religious -- "Christian" -- stickers on their car) are obese...
I have done several searches on the internet and I have found several discussions about it. People argue that part of the reason these people are so fat is that they are replacing things like coffee, tea, wine, cigarettes, and anything sexual (dancing, flirting, socializing with the opposite sex, trying to dress attractively, making love, etc.) -- with food.
Other people argue that the people who are more religious are also more stressed -- and they are eating to deal with the stress. They argue that many of the religious are poor. I've noticed that wealthier people -- as a group -- tend to be slimmer.
Still other people argue that a religious person is not supposed to vain and focused on exercise and his/her appearance -- and they use this as an excuse to overeat and not bother with exercise -- or they might be criticized if they were caught exercising?
Here is a link from CBS news : http://www.cbsnews.c...d-make-you-fat/
And another from ABC news: http://abcnews.go.co...ory?id=13204624
Really, who the floopy cares? Do CBS and ABC have no real news to report on?
It seems the liberal media is really desperate these days to find any stick it can to bash "religion."
People argue that part of the reason these people are so fat is that they are replacing things like coffee, tea, wine, cigarettes, and anything sexual (dancing, flirting, socializing with the opposite sex, trying to dress attractively, making love, etc.) -- with food.
This line seems particularly nonsensical, as I've seen a number of studies cited elsewhere that actively religious, married people actually tend to report better, happier sex lives than single people, and that religious people on whole are both healthier and happier.
And only certain groups, such as Mormons, are against all caffiene, alcohol, etc,
But I think there's probably something to what someone else pointed out about religious people being more likely to be married and have lots of kids. A lot of people put on pounds after marrying and having children.
Personally, I've known highly religious people who are fat, thin, buff, and everything in between, so I don't think there's any intrinsic relationship of religious faith to obesity. If everyone took my pastor's advice on fasting seriously, though, we'd all be quite skinny.