From time to time, I’ve run across earnest discussions among secularizing critics and apostates of the unusual fatness of Mormons. (Seriously. I have.) “What causes it?” they wonder. Various explanations are typically offered: It’s because Mormons spend so much time in meetings and get no exercise. It’s because Mormons don’t drink or smoke and, consequently, comfort themselves with ice cream and candy bars instead. It’s because Mormons are depressed and take refuge in eating. It’s even because Mormons hate sex and fear physical attractiveness.
Without any exception that I can recall in such cases, nobody offers any actual evidence that Mormons are exceptionally fat.
And there seems to be little support for the assumption here.
Apparently, Utah’s non-Mormons are all dangerously undernourished, which is why Utah does so well, relatively speaking, in this ranking. If so — and, to a certain type of critic, that will likely be the immediately obvious explanation — the probable undernourishment of Utah non-Mormons will constitute yet another redundant crime of Mormonism against humanity. Heck, the Mormons probably keep the non-Mormons segregated in ghettos, perhaps even locked up in concentration camps. Mormon grocers and restaurant owners probably refuse to sell food to people who haven’t been certified eligible for it by a Mormon bishop.
Nothing must be allowed to interfere with the narrative of Mormon evil.