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Church attendance linked to obesity in young adults

March 25, 2011

A study conducted by Northwestern University researchers has found that young adults who attend church services at least weekly are more than twice as likely to become obese than those who do not.

Previous studies had linked frequent church attendance with better health; Matthew Feinstein, who wrote the Northwestern University study, suggests that a lower smoking rate is an important contributing factor.


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  • Posted by: Salome - Mar. 28, 2011 5:12 AM ET USA

    Yet another meaningless 'statistic'.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Mar. 26, 2011 9:40 PM ET USA

    Does this explain all those corpulent bishops?

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 26, 2011 4:06 PM ET USA

    How about those donut Sundays or maybe sitting in pews contributes to obesity. What a laugh! Religion is blamed for a lot,but this is over the top!

  • Posted by: kmbold - Mar. 25, 2011 8:24 PM ET USA

    Maybe more of them go out to IHOP after Mass.

  • Posted by: kman - Mar. 25, 2011 1:41 PM ET USA

    Satan would headline it as "Church avoidance linked to healthy weight in young adults."