Atheism and obesity – Conservapedia

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The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites.[3] Most atheists are East Asians (see: Asian atheism). See: Global atheism and Western atheism and race

Secular Europe and communist China have significant problems with obesity (see: Secular Europe and obesity and China and obesity). In addition, Australia has a significant problem with obesity (see: Australia, irreligion and obesity).

In the United States at the present time, the greater the degree of irreligiosity in a generation, the higher their obesity rate is.

According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[4]

Gallup declared concerning the study which measured the degree to which religiosity affects health practices: "Generalized linear model analysis was used to estimate marginal scores all five reported metrics after controlling for age (in years), gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, education (number of years), log of income, and region of the country... Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey Jan. 2-July 28, 2010, with a random sample of 554,066 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, selected using random-digit-dial sampling.[5]

The Gallup study gives some insight into the above average health habits of the very religious and not necessarily the health habits of atheists. The reason is that the Gallup organization defines a non-religious as a person where "Religion is not an important part of daily life and church/synagogue/mosque attendance occurs seldom or never. This group constitutes 29.7% of the adult population."[6] While many Western atheists are non-religious, not all non-religious people are atheists.

Gallup further declares:

A 2010 study reported in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion found that for Korean women living in California, religion "may help prevent obesity."[8]


See also: Atheism and gluttony and Atheism and hedonism and Jesus Christ, the apostles and the Mediterranean diet/Mosaic diet

In the journal article Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: Associations, explanations, and implications, psychologists McCullough and Willoughby theorize that many of the positive links of religiousness with health and social behavior may be caused by religion's beneficial influences on self-control/self-regulation.[10][11] Furthermore, a 2012 Queen's University study published in Psychological Science found that religion replenishes self-control.[12][13] Also, numerous studies indicate that those who engage in regular spiritual practices have lower mortality rates.[14] [15] See also: Atheism and hedonism

From a medical perspective, an obese person has accumulated enough body fat that it can have a negative effect on their health. If a person's weight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he/she is generally considered obese. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight.[16] If your BMI is 30 or over you are considered obese.[17] The term obese can also used in a more general way to indicate someone who is overweight.[18]

Two of the major risk factors for becoming obese according to the Mayo Clinic are poor dietary choices and inactivity.[19] Most individuals are overweight due to their dietary and exercise habits.[20] See also: Bariatric science

See also: Jesus Christ and the Mediterranean diet/Mosaic diet and Atheism and sloth

Before his death, he had type 2 diabetes.[22] He died at the age of 43 after enduring a long struggle with several chronic illnesses.[23]

The Bible declares that gluttony and sloth are sins.[24][25] On the other hand, atheists engage in denialism concerning the existence of sin and indicate that sin does not exist.

Furthermore, the Bible declares the physical body of Christians to be temples of the Holy Spirit.[26] While there are many atheists who recognize the vast amount of medical data indicating the harmful effects of being overweight, there have been atheists who have engaged in denialism and have very much agreed with the fat acceptance movement (See: Atheism and the fat acceptance movement). Furthermore, atheists have been interviewed by major news outlets and have advocated the fat acceptance movement.[27]

Another example of strongly held religious beliefs affecting behavior in terms of the avoidance of sins and health problems is that religious upbringing and culture affects rates of homosexuality and there are a number of diseases which homosexuals have higher incidences of. For example, homosexuality is rare among Orthodox Jews and even the liberal researcher Alfred Kinsey noted the rarity of homosexuality within the Orthodox Jewish community.[28] Therefore, it is not surprising that many very religious Christians and other religious groups which incorporate healthy beliefs and practices within their religion would leave healthier lives.

Obesity is positively associated with impulsiveness, lower self-discipline and neuroticism.[29] In addition, many people overeat in response to negative emotions such as depression, anger, anxiety and boredom.[30][31][32]

See: Atheism and negative emotions/thoughts

In January of 2011, CNN reported: "People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image - that is, what they imagined God might be like - said lead study author Julie Exline, Case Western Reserve University psychologist."[33]

See also: Atheism and hedonism

In addition, Christians have good reasons to believe a hedonist lifestyle is a causal factor of atheism (see: Causes of atheism).[34] The Apostle Paul wrote that in the end times, men would be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4). In May of 2012, the World Health Organization reported that "Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980."[35] In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these, over 200 million men and approximately 300 million women were obese.[36]

For more information, please see: Atheism and hedonism

See also: Atheism and health and Atheism and suicide

There is considerable amount of scientific evidence that suggest that theism is more conducive to mental and physical health than atheism [38] (For more information, please see: Atheism and health and Psychology, obesity, religiosity and atheism).

The prestigious Mayo Clinic reported the following on December 11, 2001:

The authors report a majority of the nearly 350 studies of physical health and 850 studies of mental health that have used religious and spiritual variables have found that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes.[39]

The Iona Institute reported:

In December of 2003, the University of Warwick reported:

See also: Atheism and depression and Atheism and suicide and Atheism and alcoholism

Duke University has established the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health.[44] The Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health is based in the Center for Aging at Duke and gives opportunities for scholarly trans-disciplinary conversation and the development of collaborative research projects.[45] In respect to the atheism and mental and physical health, the center offers many studies which suggest that theism is more beneficial than atheism.[46]

See: Atheism and diabetes

See: Atheism, obese populations and Alzheimers' disease

A recent study published in the Obesity Reviews journal, found that Chinese teenagers' rate of diabetes was four times that of their American peers.[50] See: Atheistic China and obesity

See also: China and obesity

China has the largest atheist population in the world.[51] In 2014, the British medical journal Lancet reported that the the Chinese have the second highest obesity rate in the world.[52][53]

A recent study published in the Obesity Reviews journal, found that Chinese teenagers' rate of diabetes was four times that of their American peers.[54]

For more information, please see: Atheistic China and obesity

See also: Secular Europe and obesity

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported:

Estimates of the number of overweight infants and children in the WHO European Region rose steadily from 1990 to 2008. Over 60% of children who are overweight before puberty will be overweight in early adulthood.[55]

See also: Czech Republic and obesity

From a historical perspective, the Czechs have been characterised as "tolerant and even indifferent towards religion".[57] According to the 2011 census, 34.2% of the Czech population declared they had no religion, 10.3% was Roman Catholic and 10.2% followed other forms of religion both denominational and nondenominational. Furthermore, 45.2% of the population did not answer the question about religion.[58] From 1991 to 2001 and further to 2011 the adherence to Roman Catholicism decreased from 39.0% to 26.8% and then subsequently to 10.3%.[59]

In 2013, the website reported:

See also: United Kingdom and obesity

A Eurobarometer poll in 2010 reported that 37% of UK citizens "believed there is a God", 33% believe there is "some sort of spirit or life force" and 25% answered "I don't believe there is any sort of spirit, God or life force".[62]

In 2014, The Telegraph reported:

Just over a third of people in the UK believe religion has a positive role to play in our daily lives, compared to a global average of 59 per cent.[63]

Professor Terence Stephenson in Measuring Up, a report on the nation's obesity crisis by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), called Britain "the fat man of Europe".[64]

In May 2014, the British paper The Mirror reported that according to the British medical journal Lancet, British girls are the most overweight girls in Western Europe.[65] In Britain, 29.2% of girls under the age of 20 are classed as excessively heavy with just over 8% meeting the clinical definition of obesity.[66]

In 2015, Mashable reported about Britain:

The towns comprising more than 76,000 affordable homes will include fast food-free zones near schools, safe green spaces, "dementia-friendly" streets and accessible GP services.

Designed to tackle obesity and dementia, the towns will have a potential capacity for approximately 170,000 residents.

While some developments are already being built, others will not be completed until 2030, however.

A recent WHO report revealed the extent of Britain's growing obesity crisis, with figures suggesting that 74% of men and 64% of women will be overweight by 2030.[67]

See also: Global Christianity and Atheist population and Atheism and health

Jesus Christ ate a healthy diet as He ate a Mediterranean diet which is a very healthy diet according to medical science (see: Jesus Christ, the apostles and the Mediterranean diet/Mosaic diet).[68][69]

Christianity is the world's largest religion and it has seen tremendous growth over its 2000 year history.[70] In the last fifty years, Christianity has recently seen explosive growth outside the Western World.[71] In 2000, there were twice as many non-Western World Christians as Western World Christians.[72] In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[73] Of course, a big reason for the explosive growth of Christianity outside the Western World was due to highly religious people propagating the Christian faith and there are now more non-Western World missionaries than Western World missionaries.[74]

In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[75]

The traditional African diet is healthier than many Western World invividuals' diets and Africa has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.[76][77] In recent years, Christianity has seen a rapid growth in Africa.[78] See: Global atheism and Atheist population

Besides non-Western World individuals often being less sedentary, non-Western World diets are often healthier than the diets Western World people consume and there is significantly less obesity in many non-Western World cultures.[79] For example, the traditional African diet is healthier than many Western World peoples' diets and Africa has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.[80][81] In recent years, Christianity has seen a rapid growth in Africa.[82]

Therefore, in recent history Christendom has seen a large influx of very religious people who live healthy lifestyles and have low levels of obesity.

The Reason Rally was billed as the largest secular event in history.[83] When one compares pictures the attendees of the Reason Rally with attendees of the 2014 Cfan Christ For All Nations gospel crusade held in Barundi, Africa, there was a significant higher proportion of attendees of the Reason Rally who were overweight/obese.[84][85][86][87]

At the same time, many pastors in the Western World are indicating that a large segment of Western Christendom is acting like the prosperous, first century Corinthian and Laodicean churches who were undisciplined, ungodly and had a lukewarm commitment to the Christian faith and were commanded to repent (See also: Western ungodliness, prosperity, decadence and obesity).[88] Yet, as noted above, according to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[89] The troubled Church of Corinth repented of their ungodliness after being corrected by the Apostle Paul.[90][91]

Many nations with a Christian heritage or who are increasingly adopting Christianity are prosperous due to the contributions that Christianity brings to science, technology, economics and a nation's work ethic (see: Christianity and science and Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Atheism and economics).[92]

Jen McCreight, is an atheist and feminist columnist and blogger who has served on the Board of Directors of the Secular Student Alliance and she was also the cofounder and three-year president of Society of Non-Theists at Purdue University.[96][97] She wrote an article on atheism and obesity in 2011 where she indicated a desire to "shed a few pounds".[98] In 2011, a video with Jen McCreight was published as part of the We Are Atheism campaign. In this video, she was overweight.[99]

Despite the fact that a strong majority of Christendom lives outside the Western World and is slimmer than many atheists in the Western World, Jen McCreight wrote an article on atheism and obesity where she cherry picked some data relative to some states in the United States with higher obesity rates than other states without mentioning the underlying socioeconomic/cultural factors related to this matter.[100]

Historically, the Western atheist/evolutionist community has often shown socioeconomic/racial/cultural insensitivity and also displayed hypocrisy relative to this matter (See: Western atheism and race and Social Darwinism and Evolutionary racism and Atheism and uncharitableness). Atheists within racial minority populations and within the female population often complain that there is no significant outreach to their communities within the larger atheist community (see also: Atheism and women).[101][102]

See also: Irreligion/religion, recent generations in the United States and obesity

In the United States at the present time, the greater the degree of irreligiosity in a generation, the higher their obesity rate is. For more information, please see the three articles directly below.

See: Generation Z, irreligion and obesity

See: Millennials, irreligion and obesity

See: Generation X, irreligion and obesity

See: Baby boom generation, irreligion and obesity

See also: Ireland, irreligion and obesity

In Ireland, the more irreligious Ireland has become, the bigger the obesity problem has become (see: Ireland, irreligion and obesity).

See also: American Atheists and obesity and Atheist hypocrisy

Madalyn Murray O'Hair was the founder of the American Atheists organization and she was overweight.[103] One of the last pictures taken of Madalyn Murray O'Hair features her standing before a cake as can be seen HERE.

A few years before O'Hair's murder, she had to have hip replacement surgery (According to the Harvard Medical school, "Losing weight, strengthening muscles, and increasing flexibility may help you stave off joint replacement."[104]).[105] Interestingly, it was her artificial hip that allowed law enforcement authorities to identify her remains.[106]

On December 28, 2010, the pictures of the members of the American Atheists organization's board of directors showed a significant portion of its members having excess body weight. Members of the American Atheists board of directors who were overweight as of December 28, 2010 included: Richard Andrews, Blair Scott, Monty Gaither, and Ann Zindler. A picture of an overweight Richard Andrews can be found HERE. Pictures of an overweight Blair Scott can be found HERE and HERE. A picture of an overweight Monty Gaither can be found HERE. A picture of an overweight Ann Zindler can be found HERE.

Research suggests that extra pounds and large waists undermine perceptions of leadership ability.[107] In addition, according to medical science, there are a number of health risks associated with obesity (see: Health risks linked to obesity).

Wikipedia, a website founded by an atheist and agnostic, declares concerning Matt Dillahunty:

He is regularly engaged in formal debates and travels the United States speaking to local secular organizations and university groups as part of the Secular Student Alliance's Speakers Bureau. Alongside fellow activists Seth Andrews and Aron Ra, he traveled to Australia in March 2015 as a member of the Unholy Trinity Tour. In April 2015 he was an invited speaker at the Merseyside Skeptics Society QEDCon in Manchester, United Kingdom. Beginning in the summer of 2017, Dillahunty joined a speaking tour sponsored by the Pangburn Philosophy foundation where he shared the stage with fellow atheists Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Lawrence Krauss.[109]

Dillahunty serves on the Board of Directors for the American Atheists organization and he was elected in 2015.[110]

Pictures of an overweight Matt Dillahunty can be found HERE and HERE.

In 2018, the American Atheist organization indicated that Nick Fish is their National Program Director.[111]

Pictures of an overweight Nick Fish can be found HERE and HERE.

As of February 8, 2019, Mandisa Thomas was a board member of the American Atheists organization.[114] Thomas is also the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers.[115]

Pictures of an overweight Mandisa Thomas can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

In 2018, the American Atheist website indicated that Pamela Whissel is the membership director of their organization.[116]In addition, as of April 16, 2018, she is the editor-in-chief of American Atheist magazine and has held this position since 2011.[117]

A picture of an overweight Pamela Whissel can be found HERE.

Dave Muscato, the former Public Relations Director for American Atheists, had excess weight. Pictures of an overweight Dave Muscato can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE.

Dave Muscato is a transsexual and now goes by the name Danielle Muscato.[118]

On August 11. 2013, Jamila Bey was listed as being on the Board of Directors for the American Atheists organization. A video of an overweight Jamila Bey can be seen HERE.

Aron Ra is an atheist activist and vlogger. He is also an ardent evolutionist and vocal critic of creationism. Aron Ra is also the Texas State Director of American Atheists.

Aron Ra is also a feminist and considers the men's rights movement to be an extremist hate group.[119]

A picture of an overweight AronRa can be found HERE. In 2014, a video entitled Aron Ra on faith appeared on YouTube in which Aron Ra appeared to have excess weight.

Dan Ellis is the State Director of the American Atheists in Utah.[120]

According to the American Atheists website: "Dan Ellis was born in Brigham City, Utah, and was raised as a member of the state's predominant faith (Mormon), but he never really believed any of it. He officially resigned from the LDS Church and has been an atheist activist for the last eight years."[121]

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