Ireland, irreligion and obesity

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Michael Nugent is chairperson of the atheist group Atheist Ireland.[1]

in 2012, Ireland was ranked in the top 11 atheist populations in a survey which questioned 50,000 people from 57 countries across the globe.[2]

Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organization (WHO) experts.[3]

On February 17, 2019, the online encycylopedia Wikipedia, which was founded by an atheist and agnostic, declared in an article entitled Irreligion in the Republic of Ireland:

Ireland has been traditionally devoutly Catholic throughout most of its modern history.

Church attendance is declining in Ireland, and currently they rank in the Top 10 Atheist Populations in a survey which questioned 50,000 people from 57 countries across the globe. A 2006 Dentsu poll found that 7% of Ireland had no religion. According to Greeley (2003), 5% of those in Ireland do not believe in God, but only 2% accept the self-identification of “atheist.” According to Ingelhart et al. (2004) and Davie (1999), 4% of the Irish do not believe in God.

In a 2007-2008 Gallup Poll, 42% of Ireland answered no to the question "Does religion occupy an important place in your life?" and in the 2011 Gallup, 53% of Ireland answered no.

A 2010 Bishops Conference survey found that 10.1% of Irish Roman Catholics did not believe in God.

According to a 2012 WIN-Gallup International poll, Ireland had the 2nd highest decline in religiosity from 69% in 2005 to 47% in 2012, while those who considered themselves not a religious person increased 25% in 2005 to 44% in 2012. The poll also showed that 10% of Ireland now consider themselves convinced atheists, which is a vast increase from 2005.[4]

Ireland and obesity

Europe is heading for an unprecedented explosion in rates of obesity and excess weight — with Ireland at the forefront of the trend.[5]

A 2016 video documentary entitled From Europes' thinnest to Europes' Fattest - Ireland's obesity epidemic indicates that 40-50 years ago Ireland was the thinnest country in Europe, but now Ireland is facing an obesity epidemic.[6]

The Irish Times declared in 2015:

Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organisation (WHO) experts.

Europe is heading for an unprecedented explosion in rates of obesity and excess weight — with the Ireland at the forefront of the trend, say researchers.

By 2030 Europe will face an obesity crisis of “enormous proportions”, said the report.

In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in the Irish Republic, soaring from 23 per cent to 57 per cent.

The proportion of obese Irish men was expected to increase from 26 per cent to 48 per cent, while the figure for those either overweight or obese rises from 74 per cent to 89 per cent.

In 2030, the proportion of obese and overweight men in Ireland is projected to rise to 89 per cent with a corresponding 85 per cent of women falling into this category.[7]

In the United States, the more irreligious the United States has become, the bigger the obesity problem has become (see: Irreligion/religion, recent generations in the United States and obesity). As be can be seen above, the same has occurred in Ireland.

Atheism and obesity

Two of the major risk factors for becoming obese according to the Mayo Clinic are poor dietary choices and inactivity.[8] According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[9]

See also: Atheism and obesity and Atheism and diabetes and Atheism and health

The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites.[10] See: Global atheism and Western atheism and race

Secular Europe and communist China have significant problems with obesity (see: Secular Europe and obesity and China and obesity). In addition, Australia has a significant problem with obesity (see: Australia, irreligion and obesity).

As noted above, in the United States at the present time, the greater the degree of irreligiosity in a generation, the higher their obesity rate is. According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[11]

In addition, a significant number of prominent atheists are overweight (see: Atheism and obesity).

For more information, See: Atheism and obesity

Ireland, alcoholism and obesity

See also: Atheism and alcoholism

More than half (54%) of 18-75 year old drinkers were classified as harmful drinkers which equates to 1.35 million harmful drinkers in Ireland.[12]

Research indicates that heavy drinking may contribute to obesity. For example, a study found that frequent, light drinkers (3 to 7 drinking days per week, 1 drink per drinking day) had lower BMIs than infrequent, but heavier drinkers.[13]

Atheists and atheistic cultures often have significant problems with excess alcohol usage (For more information please see: Atheism and alcoholism).

At least 100 studies suggests religion has a positive effect on preventing alcohol-related problems, researchers Christopher Ellison, Jennifer Barrett and Benjamin Moulton noted in an article in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion on “Gender, Marital Status, and Alcohol Behavior: The Neglected Role of Religion.”[14] See: Atheism and alcoholism

According to the website Alcohol Action Ireland:

More than half (54%) of 18-75 year old drinkers were classified as harmful drinkers which equates to 1.35 million harmful drinkers in Ireland. 75% of all alcohol consumed in Ireland in 2013 was done so as part of a binge drinking session. One in five (21.1%) drinkers engage in binge drinking at least once a week.[15]

Michael Nugent

Michael Nugent is chairperson of the atheist group Atheist Ireland.[16]

Pictures of an overweight Michael Nugent can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

Videos featuring an overweight Michael Nugent can be found HERE and HERE.

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References

  1. Give us a state that's not religious nor atheist, but secular Michael Nugent, Irish Times, 19 October 2010
  2. "Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism", WIN/GIA. Retrieved on 2012-09-02. Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. 
  3. Ireland set to be most obese country in Europe, WHO says, Irish Times, 2015
  4. Irreligion in the Republic of Ireland, Wikipedia, February 17, 2019
  5. Ireland set to be most obese country in Europe, WHO says, Irish Times, 2015
  6. From Europes' thinnest to Europes' Fattest - Ireland's obesity epidemic
  7. Ireland set to be most obese country in Europe, WHO says, Irish Times, 2015
  8. Causes of obesity
  9. http://www.gallup.com/poll/145379/Religious-Americans-Lead-Healthier-Lives.aspx
  10. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
  11. Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives, Gallup Poll, 2010
  12. How much do we drink?, website Alcohol Action Ireland
  13. Breslow et al. Drinking Patterns and Body Mass Index in Never Smokers: National Health Interview Survey, 1997–2001. Am J Epidemiol 2005;161:368–376.
  14. The Doubled-Edged Sword of Religion and Alcoholism
  15. How much do we drink?, website Alcohol Action Ireland
  16. Give us a state that's not religious nor atheist, but secular Michael Nugent, Irish Times, 19 October 2010