A new study presented by researchers at Northwestern University at a recent American Heart Association conference challenges assumptions about the positive effects of religiosity on health. This study finds a link between obesity and religiosity (measured by religious service attendance) among young adults in the United States. The study contends that the more often young adults attend religious services, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese in middle age.
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The New York Times reports that several health studies on clergy show that clergy members “now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.”