Atheism, obesity and self-esteem
There are preliminary studies indicating that individuals who reject Christianity in Western cultures have lower self-esteem than the Christian population. 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". 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