A young adult who is regularly involved in religious activities has a significantly higher chance of becoming obese by middle age, compared to other individuals, researchers from Northwestern University, Chicago, found in a study.
The study, involving 32,433 individuals from the longitudinal CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults), aged from 20 to 32 years initially, were monitored for 18 years. 57% of them were female and 41% were African-American.
They found that those who attended at least one religious event per week had almost twice the risk of becoming obese between early adulthood and middle age compared to those who had no religious commitments.
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