*A recent study revealed that young adults who frequent religious activities are 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age, compared to young adults who do not have regular religious involvement. This is the first study of its kind, but the results are really staggering and quite revealing.

“We don’t know why frequent religious participation is associated with development of obesity, but the upshot is these findings highlight a group that could benefit from targeted efforts at obesity prevention,” said Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “It’s possible that getting together once a week and associating good works and happiness with eating unhealthy foods could lead to the development of habits that are associated with greater body weight and obesity.”

The study tracked 2,433 men and women for 18 years and found normal weight among young adults ages 20 to 32 with a high rate of religious activity much higher than those who weren’t. The study also breaks down according to age, race, sex, education, income, and baseline body mass index.

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