Weight and Worship (and other news to chew on)

Two stories making the news this week would indicate Americans’ voracious appetite for food isn’t subsiding: 1) is going to church making people fat?, and 2) “muffin top” has an official, new meaning.

Praise the lard? Pass the (dinner) plate

All those potlucks, pizza parties or just long hours sitting in the pews, may have some unintended consequences. A study by Northwestern Medicine found that the faithful are more likely to become fat. Chew on that for a moment.

Researchers say young adults who are firm in their faith are 50% more likely to be obese by 50, than those with no religious involvement. Turns out a lot of churchgoers are feeding more than their soul.

“We don’t know why frequent participation is associated with development of obesity,” said Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator. “It’s possible that getting together once a week and associating good works and happiness with eating unhealthy foods could lead to the development of habits that are associated with greater body weight and obesity.”

The story made a splash in headlines and newscasts all over the country. So look for more than few sermons Sunday to mention it. Followed by the monthly church potluck, of course.

Don’t call them love handles anymore

We do A LOT of stories on obesity in our newscasts. Probably because it’s a huge problem in this country. And we usually show pictures of headless overweight people to accompany the stories. We can now officially call many of them “muffin tops”.

The latest Oxford English Dictionary has announced “muffin top”
will feature two definitions, one referring to the top half of a muffin and one to “a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.” Or as I like to call it, “belly fat that hangs over someone’s jeans that fit a little too tightly.” Get the picture?

Didn’t we used to call that  “love handles”?

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