Tuesday September 26, 2006
A curious piece of research caught my eye this morning. Apparently, sociologists at Purdue University, Indiana, have mapped religious affiliation to body mass index.
According to the Times Online, “Even allowing for their Southern roots, Baptists were the largest all-round congregation, with 30 per cent being obese. Next, with an obesity rate of 22 per cent, was Fundamentalist Protestant (including Church of Christ and Pentecostal). Third, at 19 per cent, was Pietistic Protestant, which embraces the Methodists, among others.”
Catholics come off somewhat better, with only 17% being obsese, whilst those svelte Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists together weighed in at only 0.7% obesity. So if you are interested only in the weight-loss aspects, you can take your pick between the three…
Make of that what you will.
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