An article in the LA Times discusses a study conducted exploring aspects of American obesity. All the usual suspects are present—inactive lifestyle, watching TV, and eating too many fatty foods. And there is a new culprit in town—religion?
Yes, religion. Young adults who regularly attend religious activities may be more prone to obesity by middle aged than their peers an 18 year longitudinal study found. Those who are 20-32 years old are 50% more likely to be obese by the time they are middle aged than the nonreligious. Interestingly enough, other studies show that being religious correlates with lower mortality rates. Figure that one out!
What do we do with this? We start taking care of our bodies. Our bodies are the temple God, so doesn’t it makes sense to treat it well?
Skip the potluck, put down the casserole, go outside, and go for a run.