Religion is for fatties

You know the stereotype that religious people are mostly poor, uneducated and overweight? Well, it looks like there might be something to it. A new book entitled “Born Atheist” compiled two different studies on religiosity and obesity, and unsurprisingly, found the fattest states also turned out to be the most religious.

The CalorieLab 2010 obesity report, based on statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates the most overweight states, in order, are Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina and North Carolina. All the way down at No. 50, the leanest state is Colorado.

Compare this result with a 2008 Gallup poll of more than 355,000 adult Americans on how important religion is in people’s lives. The top 10 religious states are Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma and, finally, Kentucky in a tie with Texas.

The only oddball state was Colorado, which is the leanest state but is still moderately religious. My theory is with all those mountains around, it’s hard to stay chubby.

Comments (4)

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    Although correct I don’t think it has anything to do with religion.
    These states are also the least educated (with the assumption that colorado scores ok) and poor education leads to obesity.. and not surprisingly also religion.

    I think.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Well, obesity doesn’t cause you to be religious. It just turns out if you are poor, you tend to be uneducated, and also overweight. These two things, poverty and poor education makes people more religious. I hope by the title of the article you aren’t taking it too seriously though!

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    As a fattie atheist from a religious state, I’m offended! 😉

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    Take some time to think about this. Why would it be so surprising that belief in myths about a bearded man in the sky and belief that fried food do not make you get fat go together?

    Religion and lies are necessarily intertwined.

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