Parishioners are more prone to obesity

Young people in the United States religiously active, are more likely than their non-religious counterparts to develop overweight Y obesity in middle age (between 20 to 40 years), revealed Matthew Feinstein , the main author of the research and fourth year medical student in the Feinberg School of Medicine of the Northwestern University .

Apparently, going to church constantly seems to almost double the risk of obesity , regarding those who attend in a moderate way: "The churches pay more attention to obvious vices such as smoke or to drink . Our best interpretation is that frequent participation in the church is associated with good jobs and people may be rewarding themselves with great meals that contain more calories of those we would like, "said Feinstein.

The new research, presented at the conference of the American Heart Association , Dedicated to physical activity , metabolism and to the cardiovascular diseases , involved 2 thousand 433 people in the study of Risk Development of Coronary Artery in Young Adults (CARDIA, for its acronym in English)

According to the portal , the group was examined, initially between people of 20 to 32 years, to detect various risk factors of cardiovascular diseases such as diabetes , hypertension Y smoking . Those same tests were repeated in the same group for the next 25 years.

The results were mixed into different risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, but as the researchers analyzed the data, a disparity stood out. Those who reported weekly church attendance or more frequently were significantly more likely to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than those who attended less frequently or never:

"The true value of the study is not to understand the cause. What this study does is highlight a group, which could potentially benefit from initiatives directed against the obesity . That's exciting because there is a lot of ready infrastructure in religious communities, "Feinstein said.

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