the good news: i may have discovered the source of my attraction to twinkies.
the bad news: my obesity might be my youth pastor’s fault.
All those pizza luring young adults to church activities may have unintended consequences. The devil may be in the pepperoni: Folks who stick with church for years often wind up fatter than their unchurced peers.
Young adults who go to a religious event such as worship or Bible study at least once a week are 50% more likely to become obese by middle age as young adults with no religious involvement, according to new Northwestern Medicine research based on tracking 3,433 men and women for 18 years.
Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator, speculated:
“It’s possible that getting together once a week and associating good works and happiness with eating unhealthy foods could lead to the development of habits that are associated with greater body weight and obesity.”
The researchers caution that this doesn’t mean religious Gen-Xers have worse overall health. Previous studies have shown religious people tend to live longer than those who aren’t religious in part because they tend to smoke less. Other studies find churchgoers are happier because they have a network of close friendships through shared beliefs and activities.
we finally have scientific proof of the benefits of biblical community! and apparently i’m going to live longer, but i’m going to be fat.
that’s cool…i’ll just order an extra-large casket.