Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mississippi: Fattest and Most Religious

Atheists living in Mississippi know full well that our state has the unfortunate distinction of being the most religious state in the U.S. We also happen to have the highest rate of obesity. Is this merely a coincidence, or might religiosity be associated with obesity and other poor health outcomes for a reason?

These are the questions raised in a thought-provoking press release from Tim Covell at Born Atheist.

An association between obesity and religiosity in no way means that one causes the other. But I found it striking how much we hear about the benefits of religion on health compared to how little we hear about the possibility that religiosity might not always be healthy.

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