Attending Church Can Lower Your Obesity Risks

You know how much I believe in the power of prayer to heal your body and mind. An interesting study from the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion provides a fascinating look at how active you are in a church or synagogue may play a role in lessening your obesity risks.

Scientists identified various religious habits (attendance, affiliation) while analyzing the practices, gender and BMIs of some 2,500 patients over an eight-year period.

Although many religious social events are tied, unfortunately, to high-fat foods, researchers said, both men and women benefit from being active in a church. For example, women were less likely to be obese based their attendance at religious services. And, men who sought help and comfort through religious sources were more fit than those who didn't.

Not surprisingly, the use of religious media sources -- among them TV and radio -- was a stronger indicator of obesity, increasing the risk among women by 14 percent.

No doubt, some of the benefits of attending religious services stem from the social interaction you have with like-minded people sharing your love and passion for an unconditional, loving God.

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 45, No. 2, June 2006: 269

Science Blog August 24, 2006

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