Atheism, obesity and self-esteem
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."
In the journal article Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: Associations, explanations, and implications, psychologists McCullough and Willoughby theorize that many of the positive links of religiousness with health and social behavior may be caused by religion's beneficial influences on self-control/self-regulation. Furthermore, a 2012 Queen's University study published in Psychological Science found that religion replenishes self-control. Also, numerous studies indicate that those who engage in regular spiritual practices have lower mortality rates.  For more information please see: Atheism and obesity
Studies indicating that individuals who reject Christianity have lower self-esteem
Obese individuals and self-esteem
In addition, obese individuals can have lower self-esteem related to their obesity. In the United States, obese people are often stereotyped as being "lazy, lacking self-discipline and being mentally slow" (Medical science research indicates that excess weight impairs brain function.). In March of 2011, USA News and World Report declared that an Arizona State University study suggests that fat stigma has gone global. 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.
Poor self-esteem has been linked to an increase in suicide attempts and atheists have higher rates of suicide than the general population. Obese atheists likely have significantly higher rates of suicide than the general public.
- Resources for leaving atheism and becoming a Christian
- Atheism and obesity
- Atheism and self-esteem
- Religion, Self-Regulation, and Self-Control: Associations, Explanations, and Implications
- Religion Replenishes Self-Control, Psychological Science, June 2012 vol. 23 no. 6 635-642, Kevin Rounding, Albert Lee, Jill A. Jacobson and Li-Jun Ji at Queen’s University
- Study finds religion helps us gain self-control
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- As Waistlines Widen, Brains Shrink: The obese and overweight have less neurological tissue, study finds, U.S News & World Report August 25, 2009
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- Obesity Harms Women's Memory and Brain Function, Study Finds, Science Daily, July 15, 2010
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