Atheism, obesity and self-esteem

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Atheists have higher rates of suicide than the general population. Please see: Atheism and suicide

According to a Gallup Inc. poll with a sample size of 554,066 adults, "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[1] Please see: Atheism and obesity

There are preliminary studies indicating that individuals who reject Christianity in Western cultures have lower self-esteem than the Christian population.[2][3]

In addition, obese individuals can have lower self-esteem related to their obesity.[4] In the United States, obese people are often stereotyped as being "lazy, lacking self-discipline and being mentally slow".[5] In March of 2011, USA News and World Report declared that an Arizona State University study suggests that fat stigma has gone global.[6] In addition, parts of the world that once viewed being overweight favorably now hold negative views concerning having extra pounds and also hold negative views concerning overweight individuals.[7]

Poor self-esteem has been linked to an increase in suicide attempts and atheists have higher rates of suicide than the general population.[8][9][10] Obese atheists likely have significantly higher rates of suicide than the general public.

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