JUVENTUDE RELIGIOSA PODE LEVAR A OBESIDADE NA MEIA-IDADE
março 26, 2011 § Deixe um comentário
TOP NEWS, 26-03-2011
‘ALTA FREQUÊNCIA’ DE PARTICIPAÇÃO RELIGIOSA DURANTE A JUVENTUDE PODE AUMENTAR AS
CHANCES DE OBESIDADE NA MEIA-IDADE
`High frequency’ of religious participation during youth can increase chances of
obesity in middle age — at least that’s what researchers at Northwestern
University have found in their new study!
The findings of the study – which reveals a connect between religious activity
and weight gain – show that young adults who are regularly in attendance at are
50 percent more likely to become gain weight in their middle age, vis-à-vis
those young adults who hardly have any religious involvement.
For the comprehensive study, the researchers kept track of 2,433 men and women –
aged between 22 and 32 years – for a duration of 18 years. While all the
participants had normal weight at the beginning of the study, at the end it was
found that those involved in `high frequency’ religious activity were more
likely to be obese, posting a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
With the study defining `high frequency’ religious participation as attending a
religious activity at least once a week, lead researcher Matthew Feinstein said:
“We didn’t look specifically at the potluck factor, but anecdotally, we know
that oftentimes at these religious gatherings people will eat traditional
comfort foods which are often high in fat and calories and salt”!
Even though Feinstein added that the findings of the study “highlight a group
that could benefit from targeted efforts at obesity prevention,” he also noted
that earlier studies have shown that religious people generally live longer, are
less likely to smoke, and often have better mental health status!