If you’ve ever seen my Conservapedia entry (or PZ Myers’), you’ll notice that they seem rather obsessed with my weight. In fact, it’s pretty much the only thing they have to say about me. There are six paragraphs in that entry and five of them are about my weight:
On January 2, 2013, Brayton indicated he had a medical emergency which caused him to require having open heart surgery.
A video of an overweight Ed Brayton at the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District trail can be HERE. A video of the overweight American atheist Ed Brayton mocking the fit Christian martial artist Chuck Norris can be found HERE. According to Chuck Norris, most obesity in America is the result of hedonism (see: Chuck Norris on the topic of obesity). Christians have good reasons to believe that ahedonist lifestyle is a causal factor of atheism (see: Causes of atheism). Other videos of an overweight Ed Brayton can be found HERE and HERE.Currently, there are a number of scientifically sound methods which medical science, nutritional science and exercise science offer which have assisted people in losing weight. In addition, a large body of medical science research indicates that obesity and/or excess weight is a causal factor for a large number of health problems (see: Physical and mental health related problems associated with obesity).
So let’s look at a study which says that Christians are more likely to be fat than atheists:
A new study by Coventry University has revealed that if you are religious, you are more likely to be fat than non-believers.
According to a study for the Journal of Religion and Health, which examined 7,400 people, those who have faith in the existence of God are likely to have larger body mass indexes (BMIs).
“Evidence of this association was strongest among those affiliated to a Christian religion,” said Dr Deborah Lycett, a senior lecturer in dietetics at Coventry University…
The study of 7,414 adults over 16, who were quizzed for the 2012 Health Survey for England, showed that those self-described as “religious” were on average 0.91kg per square metre higher on the BMI scale – a measure of body fat based on height and weight.
People with a BMI between 18.5kg and 25kg per square metre have a healthy weight, whereas those with a BMI over 30 are classed as obese.
Christians were found to be the most flabby, while Sikh men came in close second in the study.
Only Buddhists were found to have a healthier BMI than athiests.
I blame it on the ubiquity of potluck dinners at church. Actually, I don’t really buy this at all. I just think it’s funny to compare it to Conservapedia’s obsession with overweight atheists.