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Thou shalt not eat fatty foods? Study tackles religious activity and obesity

In a post the other day, I asked for reader comments on a study concerning religious activity and obesity.
Some of those comments made their way into my latest Inside Story column for The Christian Chronicle:

Does regular church attendance make you, um, a bit plump around the waistline?
Northwestern University studysuggesting that it might drew a spate of recent media coverage.
“Praise the lard? Religion linked to obesity in young adults,” proclaimed an msnbc.com headline.

“Why Going to Church Can Make You Fat,” reported Time magazine.
“The devil may be in the pepperoni,” said USA Today.
Julie Truex, a member of the Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, Texas, welcomed the news.
“I’m so thankful for this new excuse,” she joked on her Facebook page. “Of course I’m overweight. I go to church!”

Read the full column.

  • Feedback
    Would you follow a 300 pound messiah?
    Mike Hirsch
    March, 31 2011

    Every Sunday when I pass the park on the way to church. People are running and walking on the track in the park w/ their dogs.
    Rudy Morris
    March, 31 2011

    I know I need to lose weight to be a more “efficient and affective” Christian woman. I welcome your prayers!
    Karen Israel
    April, 19 2011

    Really Critical: Remember, the parents’ impact on childhood obesity is actually a huge factor in whether or not or not the child is healthy or obese. As a loving parent, find out the way to, step by step, defeat your child’s obesity & its degrading side effects.
    Sydney Stenson
    October, 9 2011

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