Watch out, churchgoers — “Let’s Move” now has all the excuse it needs to give you a mandatory pinch with MO’s BMI calipers during eucharist, courtesy of this study:

It might be the potlucks, it might be those long hours sitting in pews, but whatever the cause, a new study presented this week shows a link between religious activity and weight gain.

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 those who didn’t.

“Our main finding was that people with a high frequency of religious participation in young adulthood were 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than those with no religious participation in young adulthood,” says Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

According to the study, those who attended a religious function at least once a week were more likely to be obese — which might help explain why our devoutly Christian president is so skinny.

This findings of the study do nothing to explain the likes of Michael Moore, however.


10 Responses to “Paging Michelle Obama: Study Says Regular Churchgoers More Likely to be Obese”

  1. Marshall_Will on March 25th, 2011 5:57 pm

    This tears it! I am so DONE w/ these people!

    "It might be the potlucks, it might be those long hours sitting in pews, but whatever the cause"

    Catholic Mass is like what, 45 minutes? How long does the avg. dopehead sit in front of his PS-3? 14 hours a day? This is truly reaching fer' sh!t. How insulting.

  2. swede on March 25th, 2011 7:27 pm

    These "scientific" studies are just tedious. I remember being crushed by the '90s study that found people who drank 4 or more cups of coffee in the morning were more likely to get cancer. Had to make the decision – well, then, I'll go out with a caffein buzz. Do not mess with my coffee. Then we find out these rocket scientists forgot to factor in that most people who drink that much java also smoke. A minor oversight.

    I will bet you a cigar this Northwestern punk "genius" is not a Christian, and has a "view" about what we're like. A conclusion looking for corroborating data will find it.

    "Facts are stubborn things. Statistics are somewhat more pliable" – Twain

    "98% of the time you can make statistics say whatever you like" – Me

  3. backwoods on March 25th, 2011 7:41 pm

    My body is a temple and I must devote at least 10% of my income to feeding it.

  4. Marshall_Will on March 25th, 2011 8:05 pm

    "I'm a Methodist" ( As are the Wills ) Yes we 'do' have snacks etc. but it's nothing most wouldn't be having and 'then' some on Sunday?

    "How much you wanna bet these guys didn't take into account the other activities of the obese people…" ( Any amount you would LIKE to bet! )

    Folks that go to church uh… tend to be a little more social so meeting up for breakfast after service is fairly common. But it's not like it's an officially sanctioned "4th Meal of the Day"? This is total rubbish.

  5. Marshall_Will on March 25th, 2011 8:09 pm

    "A minor oversight."

    Ya' 'think'? And to think someone is actually -paying- to have these studies done.

    "A conclusion looking for corroborating data will find it"

    Why not? It's what we do in the stock market! ( Yeah usually doesn't work there either )

  6. Nanny on March 25th, 2011 8:12 pm

    Just another excuse to exclude anything religious in the lives of our families. Notice the research says participation by young adults in religous activities……hmmmm wonder what that implies? Do they want all these young adults hanging on a corner smoking dope to keep them fit and trim?

    And I will bet that research project was paid for with stimulus $$$ too. Considering what is being taught and what is coming out of academia these days I don't believe one word that comes out of their mouths. It's the Bill Ayers way of "enlightening" our youth.

  7. Clu Seatoe on March 25th, 2011 10:07 pm

    Studies also show that 100% of obese folk who repent of their sins and call upon the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Fear the alternative!


    Hmmm, let’s see what we have here.
    An article authored (updated?) by Diane (The Shadout) Mapes. Of the movie ‘Dune’ fame.
    On (gonna have to take it with salt here).
    About an alleged fourth-year med student who’s been leading an eighteen-year study. Huh?
    Saying that going to church makes the yutes fat (I’d be willing to bet his exception would be islamophiles).
    Naw, nothing suspicious about this combo, move along.

  8. swede on March 25th, 2011 10:22 pm

    Market research is different. First you create a pseudo-crisis threatening the planet, then you get everybody to panic, then you sell them carbon offset credits.

  9. OK_Loyalist on March 25th, 2011 10:54 pm

    "How much you wanna bet these guys didn't take into account the other activities of the obese people they looked at before drawing their conclusions? "

    This is the new 'clinging to their guns and bible' run.

    BTW raised a Methodist, consider myself a non-denominational Christan these days.

  10. joyannaadams on March 26th, 2011 4:33 am

    Wow…fat people in church. Does this mean Barney Frank is religious? That is about the stupist conclusion I have ever heard.

    I say we see how many fat people are teachers. How about principals?
    I have never seen a skinny principal. How about government workers?

    Let's make them all get on scales. if they don't lose weight, let's fire them, they are a poor example to our kids. I do NOT want fat people giving out welfare.

    That will save us all LOTS of money.

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