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More than cookies and kook-ade at Bible School, I remember the wonderful after service dinners we had as kids back at First Baptist Church of Germantown.

But alas, all that food might have done some harm.

Could it be Satan?

No, I’m not talking about the mayonaise on the ham biscuits Mother made sitting out all morning, or Ann Hannahan’s Coconut Pies, or Adda Belle Riley’s – well, anything she brought, the Sister could cook!

I’m talking about a new study:  researchers at Northwestern University have made a possible connection between obesity and young people who attend religious activities.

Please don't sit on me!

After studying more than 2,400 men and women in the major cities of Chicago, Minneapolis, Birmingham, and Oakland, for eighteen freakin’ years the researchers say there might be a link between religious activty and weight gain.

The folks they studied were between 18 and 32.  None of the people studied were overweight when the study began, they only looked for Skinny Christians. 

By the end of the study, those who had gone to a religious activity at least once a week were 50% more likely to become obese by middle age than people with no religious participation.

Go ahead, blame it on Jesus, you heretic!

Most of the people studied were Christian, “reflecting the dominant religion in the United States,”  – interesting how it’s the dominant religion, and that whole “Christian Nation” thing is passe!

The researchers don’t have a clear-cut reason as to why the link might exist, and the poeple who funded it want to know where the money went I’m sure, but according to Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator, food could be a big factor. 

Could be?  Ok, what kind of research lab is this?

Matt says,  “We didn’t look specifically at the potluck factor, but anecdotally, we know that oftentimes at these religious gatherings people will eat traditional comfort foods which are often high in fat and calories and salt.”

Dinner in the dirt!

Well of course they do, why would anyone go for celery sticks and wheat thins?

So, maybe it is Jesus’ fault, I don’t know.

There’s good news however, the study did show that regular churchgoers often smoke less and live longer than those who don’t go to church.

Apparently there were no Southern Baptists in the study!

Dinner on the grounds, anyone?

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