Atheism, obesity and loneliness

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One of the emotional problems that is positively associated with obesity is loneliness.[1]

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.[2][3] Furthermore, a 2012 Queen's University study published in Psychological Science found that religion replenishes self-control.[4][5] Also, numerous studies indicate that those who engage in regular spiritual practices have lower mortality rates.[6][7]

According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[8]

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Obesity and loneliness

Loneliness has been linked to numerous physical and mental health problems.[9][10]

One of the emotional problems that is positively associated with obesity is loneliness.[11]

Atheism and loneliness

Compared to religious cultures where an extended family and a sense of community prevails, secular countries are often lonelier societies. In addition, numerous studies and other data indicate that atheists have lower emotional intelligence and lower social skills (see: Atheiam and emotional intelligence and Atheiam and social skills).

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