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2011-03-23 09:08:45 PM  
BREAD MAKES YOU FAT?!
 
2011-03-23 09:10:00 PM  
A sublimated sex urge and undirected, irrational guilt cause overeating???!!!

NO WAI!
 
2011-03-23 09:10:14 PM  
Praise the Lard!
 
2011-03-23 09:11:05 PM  
Well of course, it's Christ's body, and it's loaded with fat. Jesus loved his ribs.
 
2011-03-23 09:11:08 PM  
The religious are incredibly lazy when it comes to personal responsibility. This is not surprising.
 
2011-03-23 09:11:40 PM  
It is the body of Christ, apparently Jesus was a 1500 pound man that sweated saturated fats.
 
2011-03-23 09:12:07 PM  
Christ is portrayed as being fairly lean so why is the Body so fattening?
 
2011-03-23 09:13:20 PM  
The "feasting" hypothesis seems a little silly. I would assume that people, religious or not, eat traditional (unhealthy) food around holidays.
 
2011-03-23 09:13:46 PM  
There are 2 obese people out of 50 or so at my church, and a couple more carry just a few extra pounds, but otherwise we're all average weight. I think if you chose 50 people at random from all over the country, you'd probably get more than 2 obese people. Besides going and sitting in church for 2 hours, and maybe sitting on your ass reading the bible, I can't think of anything else that might remotely influence weight.
 
2011-03-23 09:14:25 PM  
Most of the participants were women, and 41 percent were black.

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2011-03-23 09:14:29 PM  
Feed me, Jebus. Feed me.
 
2011-03-23 09:15:08 PM  
Pews should be replaced with stationary bikes.

/ pew pew pew
 
2011-03-23 09:16:43 PM  
Most of the participants were women, and 41 percent were black.

I see.
 
2011-03-23 09:17:17 PM  
people who lack the critical thinking skills to realize that religion is a hoax are also unable to figure out that a diet of mcdonald's, taco bell and kfc is no way to go through life??

/shocked
 
2011-03-23 09:18:25 PM  
Correlation does not equal Revelation.
 
2011-03-23 09:18:30 PM  

SonikTooth: people who lack the critical thinking skills to realize that religion is a hoax are also unable to figure out that a diet of mcdonald's, taco bell and kfc is no way to go through life??

/shocked


lol, and THIS
 
2011-03-23 09:18:54 PM  
wakingbadger.com
 
2011-03-23 09:19:32 PM  

SonikTooth: people who lack the critical thinking skills to realize that religion is a hoax are also unable to figure out that a diet of mcdonald's, taco bell and kfc is no way to go through life??

/shocked


This.
 
2011-03-23 09:20:32 PM  

Kill the mentally ill: The religious are incredibly lazy when it comes to personal responsibility. This is not surprising.


This. How is it surprising that people who attribute cause and effect to the mysterious whims of an unseen deity fail to take personal responsibility for their health?

Plus religious people tend to be dumb, and dumb people tend to lead sedentary lives watching bad television.
 
2011-03-23 09:20:39 PM  
GOD DAMN IT, correlation and causation are not the same thing. I HATE EDITORS WHO MAKE TERRIBLE HEADLINES ABOUT MEDICAL RESEARCH.

I'm getting so sick of people who run regressions of large pools of data and pick out correlations to publish papers on without any shred of mechanism behind it.
 
2011-03-23 09:20:44 PM  
When I was around twelve, I took one of those spray cans of cheese to church, knowing it was communion day, and the minister got really red in the face when I sprayed some on the cracker.

Haven't been back since. Still love cheese, crackers and wine, though.
 
2011-03-23 09:22:43 PM  
There's another question: Why might religious people be obese yet still have good health? The fact that fewer are smokers might help explain that, Feinstein said.

We wear it well, apparently:

Study shows churchgoers live seven years longer than atheists. WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?
 
2011-03-23 09:23:26 PM  

oldebayer: When I was around twelve, I took one of those spray cans of cheese to church, knowing it was communion day, and the minister got really red in the face when I sprayed some on the cracker.


yes that happened and you smuggled that all the way to the priest and it happened and the priest got red and that was the end of it and you were an internet atheist at 12 year old you're the coolest

CBS

Cool Story Bro

files.sharenator.com
 
2011-03-23 09:23:47 PM  
Let's see here: They're told to not smoke, drink (much) nor drug.

What's left? Eating and child-producing sex.

C'mon, it's not rocket science.
 
2011-03-23 09:25:47 PM  

SonikTooth: people who lack the critical thinking skills to realize that religion is a hoax are also unable to figure out that a diet of mcdonald's, taco bell and kfc is no way to go through life??


Missed the part of the article about smoking? Almost everyone behaves irrational in some aspect of their life.
 
2011-03-23 09:29:18 PM  
While trying to find more studies on obesity and religion I came across this little gem.
Can religion help prevent obesity? Religious messages and the prevalence of being overweight or obese among Korean women in California.
What an oddly specific study.
 
2011-03-23 09:32:58 PM  
The study doesn't prove that attending services is fattening, nor does it explain why weight might be related to faith.

I recognize that a lot of religious people are dumb, but I expect a little more intelligence of people who get approval to do actual studies where they show that there's a correlation and call it a day.
 
2011-03-23 09:33:19 PM  
I'm impressed that this article actually addressed the correlation/causation confusion in the second sentence, and provided a quote which shows the correct way this data could be used:

"It highlights a particular group that appears to be at a greater risk of becoming obese and remaining obese," he said. "It's a group that may benefit from targeted anti-obesity interventions and from obesity prevention programs."

It's much more common that the article doesn't remind the reader that the study didn't show causation, the author doesn't understand the difference, or worse yet the author hypes it up as if it did show causation to get more readers.
 
2011-03-23 09:35:04 PM  

jingks: While trying to find more studies on obesity and religion I came across this little gem.
Can religion help prevent obesity? Religious messages and the prevalence of being overweight or obese among Korean women in California.
What an oddly specific study.


that's how all studies should be. generalization is a product of the enlightenment and has no business in this post modern world.

please see my upcoming study on the relationship between video game playing and housing status in 21 year old caucasian males from cleveland with heights of less than 6 feet, moderate acne, and 3 vintage rush shirts from the "roll the bones" tour.
 
2011-03-23 09:35:56 PM  
GIS for "Bible Belt":

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GIS for "Grits Line":

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Just putting that out there.
 
2011-03-23 09:36:44 PM  
Apparently they will swallow most anything.
 
2011-03-23 09:38:46 PM  
Well poo, got trumped. I submitted this with a shorter, although not better headline.
 
2011-03-23 09:38:59 PM  
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,
to shine for him each day;
in every way try to please Him,
at home, at school, at play.
 
2011-03-23 09:39:46 PM  

Bartleby the Scrivener: jingks: While trying to find more studies on obesity and religion I came across this little gem.
Can religion help prevent obesity? Religious messages and the prevalence of being overweight or obese among Korean women in California.
What an oddly specific study.

that's how all studies should be. generalization is a product of the enlightenment and has no business in this post modern world.


Most good studies are about as specific as the one jinkgs linked to, actually.
 
2011-03-23 09:41:58 PM  
Classic example of a third variable in this correlation: southern black folk cook good food. Its to die for.
 
2011-03-23 09:42:04 PM  
Another day, another attack on Christianity here at Fark. If the headline was similar, but about Islam or Judaism, it would not get green-lit in a million years. I am not religious at all. As far as I am concerned it is all a bunch of primitive superstition. But why is it OK to attack the stupid fat ignorant inbred mouth-breathing Christians, but not to attack the filthy bloodthirsty Muslim cave-men troglodytes or the Arrogant thieving money-grubbing parasitic Jews?
 
2011-03-23 09:42:26 PM  
my own eucharist contains no calories at all

/psychedelics FTW
 
2011-03-23 09:44:23 PM  

rockin_science: Let's see here: They're told to not smoke, drink (much) nor drug.

What's left? Eating and child-producing sex.

C'mon, it's not rocket science.


Close, but I think only Catholics (and maybe Mormons?) don't allow contraceptive use. But still, sex outside of marriage is verboten in most of Christianity, and we all know how often married couples fark.

But yeah, other than that, most of the studies have suggested that as being the reason why.

/Which probably has a lot to do with gluttony not being too emphasized in the modern churches for whatever reason
 
2011-03-23 09:44:29 PM  
numbone 2011-03-23 09:36:44 PM
Apparently they will swallow most anything


And Thank god for that!
 
2011-03-23 09:46:00 PM  

Fireproof: Most good studies are about as specific as the one jinkgs linked to, actually.


i fail to see where the 'actually' comes into play, as i said specificity was spot on. really, it's right there in the first sentence.

but continue....
 
2011-03-23 09:46:16 PM  
My congregation has time after the service to mingle and talk to everyone else there. The majority of the time there is some form of snack-food out for us to munch on. Sometimes it's full-blown meal food like enchiladas or casserole or something.

I think the only thing that keeps me from having gained weight since finding that place is it's close enough to walk there and back. I at least work off some of the extra calories when I do that. :/
 
2011-03-23 09:47:27 PM  

h3cubus: Another day, another attack on Christianity here at Fark. If the headline was similar, but about Islam or Judaism, it would not get green-lit in a million years. I am not religious at all. As far as I am concerned it is all a bunch of primitive superstition. But why is it OK to attack the stupid fat ignorant inbred mouth-breathing Christians, but not to attack the filthy bloodthirsty Muslim cave-men troglodytes or the Arrogant thieving money-grubbing parasitic Jews?


Because the Christians tend to vote Republican.

/Over-generalizing according to stereotypes on Fark? Never!
 
2011-03-23 09:47:50 PM  
Are the Religious Prone to Obesity?
Anyone who believes things "are in god's hands" are clearly running from responsibility for themselves as fast as they can.

/bet they're sucky drivers too
 
2011-03-23 09:49:25 PM  
Bones Jackson: GIS for "Grits Line":

The line's way too far north in Texas. Nobody 'round here does the grits thing.

/haven't even read it since the early '70's
 
2011-03-23 09:50:18 PM  
www.kevincharnas.com

/shudder
 
2011-03-23 09:54:51 PM  
Well, while they're at church for two hours, the heathens are at home having sex and losing weight in the process.
 
2011-03-23 09:57:43 PM  

mygirlsaysno: Anyone who believes things "are in god's hands" are clearly running from responsibility for themselves as fast as they can.


im not religious by any stretch of the term, but i'm also old enough to know that "putting something in God's hands" is not always flight from personal responsibility (although i am also old enough to know that some do take up that stance as a primary stance toward the world). saying something is in God's hands is often a recognition of the limits of human agency, that humans have done everything humanly possible that can be done with the accumulated and most modern technology, will power, and knowledge we have at our disposal. even some physicians will acknowledge this when treating patients- that they have done everything that they can do, but recognize that humans can't do everything because we are, well, human.
 
2011-03-23 10:03:40 PM  

oldebayer: When I was around twelve, I took one of those spray cans of cheese to church, knowing it was communion day, and the minister got really red in the face when I sprayed some on the cracker.


Ahh, accepting this wafer as the body of Cheesus. Nice move!
 
2011-03-23 10:05:19 PM  

Bartleby the Scrivener: saying something is in God's hands is often a recognition of the limits of human agency


This thread is an opportunity for self-righteous atheists to sneer and make sweeping generalizations about people who are religious. There's no place for thoughtful responses here.

Silly rabbit.
 
2011-03-23 10:08:16 PM  
Peter[at communion]: Whoa! Is that really the blood of Christ?
Priest: Yes.
Peter: Man, that guy must have been wasted 24 hours a day
 
2011-03-23 10:10:41 PM  
Obese people are also statistically less intelligent. Hmmm.
 
2011-03-23 10:11:30 PM  

kwame:

This thread is an opportunity for self-righteous atheists to sneer and make sweeping generalizations about people who are religious. There's no place for thoughtful responses here.

Silly rabbit.


i know, but sometimes pissing up a rope can be fun.

at least for dudes.

with long tinklers.
 
2011-03-23 10:11:31 PM  
The reporter has obviously never been to a Methodist church service. Or our "fellowship hour" afterward. Or our Wednesday night church dinners. Or our Bible-study breakfasts. Or...

/John Wesley was big on preaching over the dinner table.
 
2011-03-23 10:15:51 PM  

D_Evans45: There are 2 obese people out of 50 or so at my church, and a couple more carry just a few extra pounds, but otherwise we're all average weight. I think if you chose 50 people at random from all over the country, you'd probably get more than 2 obese people. Besides going and sitting in church for 2 hours, and maybe sitting on your ass reading the bible, I can't think of anything else that might remotely influence weight.


Religious people are statistically more likely to be less intelligent and well-educated that irreligious people. Intelligence and education have been statistically linked to obesity. The churchgoers aren't fat because they go to church, they're fat because they're dumb.

/We troll, You decide.
 
2011-03-23 10:18:17 PM  
Damn pagans and their cannibalistic ways.

Remind me again why Christians borrowed this particular piece of barbarism?
 
2011-03-23 10:21:12 PM  
"With all the horrible, horrible shiat that your priest is pumping into your head, his [communion wafer] should be the least of your worries, honestly."

fixed for context
 
2011-03-23 10:21:22 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Intelligence and education have been statistically linked to obesity.


the solution: give them masters degrees!
 
2011-03-23 10:24:04 PM  

rockin_science: Let's see here: They're told to not smoke, drink (much) nor drug.

What's left? Eating and child-producing sex.

C'mon, it's not rocket science.


You forgot internet porn and Fark.
 
2011-03-23 10:32:18 PM  
Makes 'em stupid, might as well make 'em fat too.
 
2011-03-23 10:32:33 PM  

kwame: Bartleby the Scrivener: saying something is in God's hands is often a recognition of the limits of human agency

This thread is an opportunity for self-righteous atheists to sneer and make sweeping generalizations about people who are religious. There's no place for thoughtful responses here.

Silly rabbit.


here's a thoughtless response - when I was in rehab, (yes that kinda rehab) during a group therapy session the therapist (inappropriately) asked for a show of hands of those that were Christians, all but two of the eighteen raised their hands. And then one woman said that when she was in detox and was vomiting all night she prayed to Jesus for help and by morning she was fine. I raised my hand and said when I was in withdrawals and vomiting everything but my liver, I said to myself - look you did this to yourself now man-up and let nature take its course. The next morning I was fine. I'm sneering at you Ms. "it's in God's hands now".

/and she was fat
 
2011-03-23 10:33:07 PM  
self-deluded people are gullible, kinda oblivious to reality?
(it's working in our favour, we should encourage it)
 
2011-03-23 10:34:42 PM  
No, the fat comes from my love of mexican food
 
2011-03-23 10:37:45 PM  
Communion is the only place I can get a drink before noon on Sunday here in Georgia.
 
2011-03-23 10:41:58 PM  

riverwalk barfly:

here's a thoughtless response - when I was in rehab, (yes that kinda rehab) during a group therapy session the therapist (inappropriately) asked for a show of hands of those that were Christians, all but two of the eighteen raised their hands. And then one woman said that when she was in detox and was vomiting all night she prayed to Jesus for help and by morning she was fine. I raised my hand and said when I was in withdrawals and vomiting everything but my liver, I said to myself - look you did this to yourself now man-up and let nature take its course. The next morning I was fine. I'm sneering at you Ms. "it's in God's hands now".


the common denominator here between you and your fat christian recovery groupie seems to be the absolution of personal responsibility in favor of something outside of yourself: for you "nature" and for her jesus. sure you "manned up" to get yourself to that point but then you let something greater than yourself run its course. maybe she manned up to pray and then just let shiat happen.

attribution is often conflated with explanation. but who really farking cares when you want to get clean?

good luck to you.
 
2011-03-23 10:42:23 PM  
www.meaningfulpractice.com

Fat and stupid is no way to go through life son.
 
2011-03-23 10:48:48 PM  
Correlation does not causation imply. Without reading TFA, I suspect there's a higher percentage of religious people in the southern United States. I believe that's also the region with the highest proportion of fatties.
 
2011-03-23 10:53:55 PM  
Leeds
Damn pagans and their cannibalistic ways.
Remind me again why Christians borrowed this particular piece of barbarism?


One of the few customs they didn't borrow, actually...

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
- Matthew 26:26
 
2011-03-23 10:57:18 PM  
Forgot I had this

i566.photobucket.com
 
2011-03-23 10:57:44 PM  
It's the bake sales.

/Plus the rest of us are skiing on Sunday mornings.
 
2011-03-23 11:00:15 PM  
I guess you guys aren't that familiar with the stricter line Protestant churches (not even necessarily fundie, but they BEE-LEE-AYUHV! and want to be sure everyone knows it).

At those places it's all about Fellowship, Fellowship, Fellowship (oh yeah, and that Jesus dude, rite?).

And by Fellowship I mean food.

Besides in the actual service itself, any church related function must involve casserole dishes and whatever the most carb and fat packed specialties of your region are.
 
2011-03-23 11:06:22 PM  
FTA:"The studies suggest that religious involvement -- whether it's private or public -- is linked to things like better physical health, less depression and more happiness"

So healthy =/= being skinny. How shocking.

"Most of the participants were women, and 41 percent were black."

According to a quick google search 35.5 % of American women over the age of 20 are obese (BMI > 30). the study in the article says that 32% of those that attended services regularly were obese. The people that went to church the least had an obesity rate of 22%. so if we were to bullshiat with numbers a little bit more we could say that occasionally going to church lowers the rate of obesity in American women.

Lets just say that more information is necessary for an intelligent discussion though. God forbid we speak out of ignorance :)
 
2011-03-23 11:12:38 PM  
Do you like fish dicks?
 
2011-03-23 11:14:23 PM  

SonikTooth: people who lack the critical thinking skills to realize that religion is a hoax are also unable to figure out that a diet of mcdonald's, taco bell and kfc is no way to go through life??

/shocked


THREAD
OVER
 
2011-03-23 11:14:27 PM  

Bartleby the Scrivener: riverwalk barfly:

here's a thoughtless response - when I was in rehab, (yes that kinda rehab) during a group therapy session the therapist (inappropriately) asked for a show of hands of those that were Christians, all but two of the eighteen raised their hands. And then one woman said that when she was in detox and was vomiting all night she prayed to Jesus for help and by morning she was fine. I raised my hand and said when I was in withdrawals and vomiting everything but my liver, I said to myself - look you did this to yourself now man-up and let nature take its course. The next morning I was fine. I'm sneering at you Ms. "it's in God's hands now".


the common denominator here between you and your fat christian recovery groupie seems to be the absolution of personal responsibility in favor of something outside of yourself: for you "nature" and for her jesus. sure you "manned up" to get yourself to that point but then you let something greater than yourself run its course. maybe she manned up to pray and then just let shiat happen.

attribution is often conflated with explanation. but who really farking cares when you want to get clean?

good luck to you.


I have to qualify my comment, I would never belittle someone's beliefs ( except on Fark) And certainly not someone in rehab. If Jesus is what helps get her clean, then more power to her and Jesus.
 
2011-03-23 11:19:48 PM  

The correct answer is...: oldebayer: When I was around twelve, I took one of those spray cans of cheese to church, knowing it was communion day, and the minister got really red in the face when I sprayed some on the cracker.

Ahh, accepting this wafer as the body of Cheesus. Nice move!


CSB time: In chorus class at one of the schools I attended, we were actually instructed to sing "Jesus" as "Cheese-Sauce" because that made for a fuller sound. It also made getting through all the heavily religious songs we had to do just a little bit easier for me because I could pretend I was singing about a dairy product instead.
 
2011-03-23 11:25:08 PM  
It's all that Chick-Fil-A.
 
2011-03-23 11:35:21 PM  
Fat Baptist phenomenon perhaps? I always figured it was because they deny themselves various earthly pleasures and substitute it with food.
 
2011-03-23 11:46:26 PM  
damn it people can we please get a fatties thread here?!
 
2011-03-23 11:53:01 PM  
No longer religious, but a couple observations that might explain why religious people score both for living healthier, and being overweight.

First, it is more dangerous to your health to be underweight, then over it. This is not a problem for most of us, but for many extreme dieters, this is an issue. Just off the top of my head, is it possible that there are an unhealthy number people into extreme dieting, like vegans, and the people who only eat raw food who are new aged liberals, as opposed to being religious?

Another possible explanation, religions attend to attract two types of people. The first are responsible types, who are really good at practicing self control. This group might not necessarily believe everything in the bible, but they see their view of morality as being a healthy way to live their life. They would probably tend to have a healthy weight. The second group are the religioustards. These are the people who tend to be like the God Warrior lady, who have limited brain function, and who like to cite things they think are in the bible, though they never read it, and who are closed to listening to anyone tell them about evolution or transfats. Those probably tend to be the simpletons who end up on the rascal scooters, because they are too fat and lazy to walk.

Just a theory based on the types of people I used to know in my church going days.
 
2011-03-23 11:58:39 PM  

ghostofreasonpast: No longer religious, but a couple observations that might explain why religious people score both for living healthier, and being overweight.

First, it is more dangerous to your health to be underweight, then over it. This is not a problem for most of us, but for many extreme dieters, this is an issue. Just off the top of my head, is it possible that there are an unhealthy number people into extreme dieting, like vegans, and the people who only eat raw food who are new aged liberals, as opposed to being religious?

Another possible explanation, religions attend to attract two types of people. The first are responsible types, who are really good at practicing self control. This group might not necessarily believe everything in the bible, but they see their view of morality as being a healthy way to live their life. They would probably tend to have a healthy weight. The second group are the religioustards. These are the people who tend to be like the God Warrior lady, who have limited brain function, and who like to cite things they think are in the bible, though they never read it, and who are closed to listening to anyone tell them about evolution or transfats. Those probably tend to be the simpletons who end up on the rascal scooters, because they are too fat and lazy to walk.

Just a theory based on the types of people I used to know in my church going days.


Just what is oral about this?

22Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

23And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.

24Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

25But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.

26Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.

27And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

28And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.

29And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.

Judges 19
 
2011-03-23 11:58:50 PM  
Even if you break it down by denomination? I can guaran-goddamn-tee you that the Baptists run bigger than the Mormons. Especially the Southern Baptists.

/and if Christianity makes you fat, what's the excuse for Wiccans?
 
2011-03-24 12:01:13 AM  
I got fat from worshiping FSM at Olive Garden

/RAmen
 
2011-03-24 12:08:08 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Just what is oral about this?


The part where he "spake" to the people.
 
2011-03-24 12:15:11 AM  

jingks: The "feasting" hypothesis seems a little silly. I would assume that people, religious or not, eat traditional (unhealthy) food around holidays.



It's not silly at all.

Have you ever seen a Cracker Barrel on Sunday mornings? To most Christian denominations, every Sunday is considered a "holiday." My cousin's family is extremely religious, and every time I used to sleep over on Saturdays, we'd go to church the next morning and then brunch after. It was total tradition.
 
2011-03-24 12:22:55 AM  

dewihafta: Have you ever seen a Cracker Barrel on Sunday mornings?


Had to google Cracker Barrel. I can't believe this is an actual menu item.

www.crackerbarrel.com
 
2011-03-24 12:23:24 AM  

h3cubus: Another day, another attack on Christianity here at Fark. If the headline was similar, but about Islam or Judaism, it would not get green-lit in a million years. I am not religious at all. As far as I am concerned it is all a bunch of primitive superstition. But why is it OK to attack the stupid fat ignorant inbred mouth-breathing Christians, but not to attack the filthy bloodthirsty Muslim cave-men troglodytes or the Arrogant thieving money-grubbing parasitic Jews?


You left out the tree-hugging Druids, the evil and Satanic Wiccans, the notoriously cow-loving Hindus, the saffron-depleting Buddhists, the rock-loving Shintoists, the deceitful animists, the fancy-schmancy Taoists, the knife-wielding Sikhs, the scalp-loving shamans, the wandering Druze, and, among many others, the believers-in-non-belief who call themselves Atheists.
 
2011-03-24 12:38:01 AM  

jingks: dewihafta: Have you ever seen a Cracker Barrel on Sunday mornings?

Had to google Cracker Barrel. I can't believe this is an actual menu item.


What in the everloving fark is that thing?
 
2011-03-24 12:41:49 AM  

D_Evans45: There are 2 obese people out of 50 or so at my church, and a couple more carry just a few extra pounds, but otherwise we're all average weight. I think if you chose 50 people at random from all over the country, you'd probably get more than 2 obese people. Besides going and sitting in church for 2 hours, and maybe sitting on your ass reading the bible, I can't think of anything else that might remotely influence weight.


Reading the bible is one thing. Actually comprehending it, well... most people have a problem with that. They just stop reading at the parts they like or agree with.
 
2011-03-24 12:46:56 AM  

not_an_indigo: jingks: dewihafta: Have you ever seen a Cracker Barrel on Sunday mornings?

Had to google Cracker Barrel. I can't believe this is an actual menu item.

What in the everloving fark is that thing?


It's a shrimp Po' Boy on a cheddar roll thing.
 
2011-03-24 12:52:16 AM  
Well, we know the stupid tend to be obese... and the poor and desperate tend to become obese... so, no. I can't imagine why the religious would be obese.
 
2011-03-24 12:55:42 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: D_Evans45: There are 2 obese people out of 50 or so at my church, and a couple more carry just a few extra pounds, but otherwise we're all average weight. I think if you chose 50 people at random from all over the country, you'd probably get more than 2 obese people. Besides going and sitting in church for 2 hours, and maybe sitting on your ass reading the bible, I can't think of anything else that might remotely influence weight.

Religious people are statistically more likely to be less intelligent and well-educated that irreligious people. Intelligence and education have been statistically linked to obesity. The churchgoers aren't fat because they go to church, they're fat because they're dumb.

/We troll, You decide.


I was gonna mention that it's all the black folks, but I see it's already been mentioned
 
2011-03-24 01:30:41 AM  
DRTFA, but do they take into account that religious women tend to have more kids, which also tends to make them heftier?
 
2011-03-24 01:48:38 AM  
"Remind me again why Christians borrowed this particular piece of barbarism?"

You're only supposed to use a piece of bread, it's done in remembrance.

"You left out the tree-hugging Druids, the evil and Satanic Wiccans, the notoriously cow-loving Hindus, the saffron-depleting Buddhists, the rock-loving Shintoists, the deceitful animists, the fancy-schmancy Taoists, the knife-wielding Sikhs, the scalp-loving shamans, the wandering Druze, and, among many others, the believers-in-non-belief who call themselves Atheists."

Funny how you never see Fark headline criticizing any of those, isn't it.
/just sayin...
 
2011-03-24 02:26:51 AM  

KkrrRRZZZZ: Funny how you never see Fark headline criticizing any of those, isn't it


I've criticized the Druids many times. My headlines just don't get greenlit. I suspect the mods smell of bark.
 
2011-03-24 02:57:32 AM  

jingks: Had to google Cracker Barrel. I can't believe this is an actual menu item.


That looks FSCKING awesome

/off to google cracker barrel for lacations...what a racist name...
 
2011-03-24 03:54:41 AM  
oldebayer:"I suspect the mods smell of bark."

Well, Vanilla is rather nice, though I prefer Cinnamon. Mods should be pleasantly aromatic.
 
2011-03-24 06:00:26 AM  
It's probably all the church pot-lucks and casseroles.
 
2011-03-24 07:09:42 AM  

jingks: dewihafta: Have you ever seen a Cracker Barrel on Sunday mornings?

Had to google Cracker Barrel. I can't believe this is an actual menu item.


Is that chicken mcnuggets in a sandwich? Now I feel kind of sick.
 
2011-03-24 09:17:58 AM  

riverwalk barfly: I have to qualify my comment, I would never belittle someone's beliefs ( except on Fark) And certainly not someone in rehab. If Jesus is what helps get her clean, then more power to her and Jesus.


Glad you added this, and best of luck to you.

jingks: I can't believe this is an actual menu item.


You can go pretty much anywhere in Louisiana or SE Texas and get a shrimp po boy.

/prefers crawfish on mine
 
2011-03-24 09:21:13 AM  
Having lived in the south I can tell you that the people who regularly attend church services out that way are older than dirt. So yeah, they're probably going to be heavier at 60 than the 20 year olds who don't go to church. And there were a bunch of fat religious people. Then again probably not much worse than the general population that way which is still pretty huge.

Now I live in Colorado and I don't think I've ever met a fat mormon. I know they're out there, but I sure never seem to see them.
 
2011-03-24 09:22:23 AM  
Oh, yeah my church has a boatload of fatties, and it isn't helped by the cafeteria style worship, what with the near constant bake sales, breakfasts w/donuts, church suppers (the pot luck suppers are the worst--every little other little old lady brings a dessert) and even huge spreads put out for funerals.

On the other hand, my parish also has a boatload of extremely frank old people, particularly women, who seem to take great delight in letting you know that you have put on a few pounds and need to go to the gym a wee bit more.

Personally, it's slightly ironic that they put out this study in the middle of Lent, which in my adult life has turned into the time of year that I diet. Fasting is good for you, if done in moderation, and not only spiritually.
 
2011-03-24 10:25:56 AM  

varmitydog: Oh, yeah my church has a boatload of fatties, and it isn't helped by the cafeteria style worship, what with the near constant bake sales, breakfasts w/donuts, church suppers (the pot luck suppers are the worst--every little other little old lady brings a dessert) and even huge spreads put out for funerals.


For some denominations, the only morally acceptable kind of get-together is eating. I had a friend from one of those denominations. There were few things that they could do with friends. Couldn't go out to a bar (or any restaurant containing one). Couldn't go to the movies, or invite friends over to watch something on TV, that was sinful. No video games, of course. Couldn't go out dancing, because both secular music and dancing are sinful. Couldn't go skating because of the music they play. Sporting events nixed for both the music and the cheerleaders.

Almost every one of life's pleasures were labelled "sinful" except for eating. "Banquets" at her church were nearly constant. They had at least a couple a week, plus potlucks after Bible studies and the like. Not surprisingly, most of the attendees were fat.
 
2011-03-24 11:06:39 AM  

GilRuiz1: There's another question: Why might religious people be obese yet still have good health? The fact that fewer are smokers might help explain that, Feinstein said.

We wear it well, apparently:

Study shows churchgoers live seven years longer than atheists. WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?


Forget it, they're on a roll. Don't interrupt them with facts.

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/potlucks, southern food, demographics, etc.
 
2011-03-24 11:12:35 AM  
Jesus Partially Hydrogenated Christ!
 
2011-03-24 11:29:44 AM  
Just more of you for Jesus to love.

This is what you get when you don't observe that gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins.....
 
2011-03-26 01:52:13 AM  

Ivnabru:

Now I live in Colorado and I don't think I've ever met a fat mormon. I know they're out there, but I sure never seem to see them.


Mormons take that whole "your body is a temple" thing seriously.

Besides, if your husband doesn't find you attractive, he may not bring you into heaven.
 
2011-03-26 03:07:48 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Well, we know the stupid tend to be obese... and the poor and desperate tend to become obese... so, no. I can't imagine why the religious would be obese.


The study controlled for income and education; the effect remained.
 
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