The facts: A study finding that those who attend religious services most frequently tend to gain more weight in middle age. Those who attend religious services most frequently also tend to be healthier.
What I consider fat-phobic: The “healthier” is seen as despite the weighing more in middle age, even though other research found that weight in itself isn’t always indicative of problems. It’s suggested that religious groups can use this research as a reason to encourage their members to “slim down” and “prevent obesity.” There’s speculation that those who attend services more frequently may be more sedentary or eat more.
What do I consider interesting: That this population is both slightly healthier and slightly (32% of those who attend religious services frequently vs 22% of those who didn’t) fatter at middle age. The frequent-attendee group also happens to smoke less — and smokers both have more health problems and weigh less.
What do you think? Did I miss something? Am I overreacting?