Study: Christians More Likely to Be Fat Than Atheists

Study: Christians More Likely to Be Fat Than Atheists December 29, 2014

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:

Pictures of an overweight Ed Brayton can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

On January 2, 2013, Brayton indicated he had a medical emergency which caused him to require having open heart surgery.[1]

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).[2] 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.

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  • Artor

    Well, if they don’t have anything of substance to hold against you, they’ll fall back on…your substance.

  • John Pieret

    Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District trail

    Is that like the Blue Mountain trail? Are there overlooks where you can enjoy the stunning vistas of York, PA? Are there historic markers for all the famous happening, such as the place where Bill Buckingham collected money from his church for the ID books and the place where he later perjured himself about it? Are their historic movie clips, such as when the plaintiffs’ attorneys reduced Michael Behe to a squishy ooze on the stand?

  • david

    Correlation, not causation. Atheists are more likely to be better educated, be wealthier, and less likely to live in those parts of the country with unhealthy dietary habits (southeast).

  • dugglebogey

    How is it that Conservapedia can worship the free market, going as far as to say it’s supported by the Bible, yet be anti-gambling?

  • Trebuchet

    “Atheists are fat” is one of the many obsessions of User:Conservative, AKA Ken DeMeyer. He’s been known to spend as much as 30 hours straight editing Conservapedia.

  • blf

    Assuming it is true, that makes it odd lions prefer xians: They need meat more than fat.

  • busterggi

    I’ve seen pictures of Jesus and the Buddah and the former always seemed to be more in shape – but then, most of the pics depict him after a grueling workout.

  • matty1

    As I’ve read the idea of depicting the Buddah with a round belly comes from emphasising the tradition that he had tried and rejected the idea of starvation as a route to enlightenment.

    I also think that as 3 indicates this may be poking at the edges of some quite interesting stuff about the relationships between poverty, religion and poor diet/health. My suspicion is that the first is a cause of the others but it may well be more complicated than that.

  • Nick Gotts

    In international comparisons, levels of obesity and income inequality are positively correlated, as are income inequality and religiosity. I haven’t seen direct studies of religiosity/obesity correlations. I suspect (and the sources I cite would agree) that income inequality is probably the main causal factor.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    dugglebogey says: How is it that Conservapedia can worship the free market, going as far as to say it’s supported by the Bible, yet be anti-gambling?”


    Problem is, gamblers find gambling to be fun. Making as much money as possible is godly, not fun, so godly people invest. Godly people don’t take risks – they subsidize the risks, and privatize the profit, and devote it all to God.

  • magistramarla

    San Antonio Texas has often made the list of the most obese cities in the country. It is also very full of churches, including a few mega-churches. A person can’t survive here without a car, and this area is definitely not bike-friendly.

    I can easily see the correlation that the researchers found.

  • Holms

    Siiiiiiiiiigggggghhhhhhhhh, another study about weight relying solely on BMI.

  • Loqi

    Unfortunately, my weightlifting is counting against us, as being muscled increases my BMI. Sorry for letting everyone down.

    What a crock.

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