Religion Linked to Obesity in Young Adults


The study, conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, found that young adults who frequently attended religious activities were far more likely to become obese than their counterparts who did not attend as many religious activities or none at all.

The Study

The study followed 2,433 men and women starting between the ages of 20 and 32 for a period of 18 years all of the participants of normal weight at the beginning of the study. By the end, however, those who had attended a religious function at least once a week were more likely to be obese with a BMI of 30 or higher. Previous research by Northwestern Medicine has found a correlation between religious involvement and obesity in middle age and older adults.


The researchers question whether all the potluck dinners have anything to do with the young adult’s obesity. In addition, the types of foods found at church potluck dinners are usually inexpensive to make for several people such as pasta. It is a rather odd link but the proof is there.



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