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The dietary practices of atheists are largely dependent on where they live and where they were raised. A majority of the world's atheists are likely East Asians (see: Asian atheism and Global atheism).

As can be seen below, the dietary practices of atheists are largely dependent on where they live and where they were raised.

The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites.[1] See: Global atheism and Western atheism and race

Razib Khan points out in Discover Magazine, "most secular nations in the world are those of East Asia, in particular what are often termed 'Confucian societies'. It is likely therefore that the majority of the world’s atheists are actually East Asian."[2] See: Asian atheism

Asian atheists diet

See also: Asian atheism

East Asian/Chinese diet

See: East Asian/Chinese diet

China and obesity

See: China and obesity

A Chinese cook slicing Peking roast duck.

Western atheists diet

The French are well-known for their culinary achievements.[3] See also: French cuisine

Secular Europe

See also: Secular Europe

From a global perspective, Europe is more secular/atheistic than the rest of the world although it does have a considerable amount of religious immigrants who have higher birth rates (see: Atheist population and Global atheism).

European diet

Secular Europe and obesity

See: Secular Europe and obesity

Australia

See: Irreligion in Australia

Australian diet

Australia, irreligion and obesity

See: Australia, irreligion and obesity

Atheism and obesity

See also: Atheism and obesity

Two of the major risk factors for becoming obese according to the Mayo Clinic are poor dietary choices and inactivity.[4] According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[5]

The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites.[6] Most atheists are East Asians (see: Asian atheism). 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).

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."[7]

Gallup declared concerning the study which measured the degree to which religiosity affects health practices: "Generalized linear model analysis was used to estimate marginal scores all five reported metrics after controlling for age (in years), gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, education (number of years), log of income, and region of the country... Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey Jan. 2-July 28, 2010, with a random sample of 554,066 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, selected using random-digit-dial sampling.[8]

Obesity is positively associated with impulsiveness, lower self-discipline and neuroticism.[9] See also: Atheism and hedonism and Atheism and mental illness

The Gallup study gives some insight into the above average health habits of the very religious and not necessarily the health habits of atheists. The reason is that the Gallup organization defines a non-religious as a person where "Religion is not an important part of daily life and church/synagogue/mosque attendance occurs seldom or never. This group constitutes 29.7% of the adult population."[10] While many Western atheists are non-religious, not all non-religious people are atheists.

Gallup further declares:

Very religious Americans make healthier choices than their moderately religious and nonreligious counterparts across all four of the Healthy Behavior Index metrics, including smoking, healthy eating, and regular exercise. Smoking is one area of particular differentiation between the very religious and less religious Americans, with the nonreligious 85% more likely to be smokers than those who are very religious.[11]

A 2010 study reported in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion found that for Korean women living in California, religion "may help prevent obesity."[12]

Atheists and pork consumption

See also: Health risks of eating pork

See: Atheists and pork consumption

Most of the world's atheists are likely East Asians (see: Asian atheism).

A very significant portion of atheists eat pork - especially Chinese atheists (see: Atheists and pork consumption).

The Economist recently called China the "Empire of the pig" (see: China: Empire of the pig).

Irreligion and horse meat eating

Although horses are seen as an intelligent animal by many and a useful partner in getting work accomplished in many areas around the world, there are irreligious countries that also see horses as a source of food.[13]

For more information, please see: Atheism and horse meat eating
There are several irreligious countries that engage in horse meat eating.

China produces more horse meat than any other country in the world, creating nearly half of the world’s supply of this animal protein.[14]

The reason why it is considered a dangerous animal protein is that horses are often given a medicine called phenylbutazone [or “bute” for short] that is dangerous to humans.[15]

For more information, please see: Irreligion and the treatment of horses

Dietary/culinary practices of atheists

See also: Atheism and food science and Atheism and culinary science and Atheism, culinary arts, inspiration, innovation and food science

A food science laboratory

Atheism, food science and culinary science

The Institute of Food Technologists defines food science as "the discipline in which the engineering, biological, and physical sciences are used to study the nature of foods, the causes of deterioration, the principles underlying food processing, and the improvement of foods for the consuming public".[16]

Despite the efforts of food scientists and chefs in irreligious cultures to develop more flavorful food, there have been a significant amount of irreligious cultures with bland food that is not exciting from a culinary point of view (See also: Atheism and food science and Atheism and culinary science).

Soviet Union and bland food

Claude Lewis wrote in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the food is the former Soviet Union which had militant state atheism: "Many people in the Soviet Union have grown tired of institutionalized food in state-run cafeterias found at state-run cafeterias such as Stolovaya No. 22 and Stolovaya No. 23 where the menus seldom change and often lack variety. Most food in the Soviet Union is unimaginative, tasteless and bland."[17]

Irreligious Nordic countries and bland food

Sweden is one of the most atheistic countries in the world.[18]

Nordic food is often depicted as being bland.[19]

Nordic countries have high atheist/agnostic populations within them (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

Sweden is one of the most atheistic countries in the world and in secular Europe. The website adherents.com reported that in 2005 46 - 85% of Swedes were agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[20] Sweden also has the 3rd highest rate of belief in evolution as far as Western World nations.[21]

Denmark has the highest rate of belief in evolution in the Western World.[22] In addition, in 2005 Denmark was ranked the third most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reported that in 2005 43 - 80% of Danes are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[23]

Finland was ranked the 7th most atheistic country in the world in 2005.[24] Finland has the 17th highest rate of belief in evolution in the Western World.[25]

The Britain born new atheists Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. The late Christopher Hitchens was known for his heavy drinking.[26]

Iceland is one of the most irreligious countries in the world according to Gallup International.[27] A Gallup International poll conducted in 2012 reported that 57% of Icelanders considered themselves "a religious person", 31% considered themselves "a non religious person", while 10% defined themselves as "a convinced atheist", which places Iceland in the top 10 atheist populations in the world.[28]

Nordic food is often depicted as being bland.[29]

Irreligious Britain and bland food

A Eurobarometer poll in 2010 reported that 37% of UK citizens "believed there is a God", 33% believe there is "some sort of spirit or life force" and 25% answered "I don't believe there is any sort of spirit, God or life force".[30] See also: British atheism

International food authority Andrew Zimmern said of Britain's food: “Twenty years ago the food of the British Isles was universally considered to be among the world’s worst—boring, bland and boiled.”[31]

(In the last 20 years, Britain has seen a large influx of immigrants many of whom eat spicier food. No doubt that is why Zimmern said "twenty years ago".)

See also: Why Does British Food Get Such A Bad Rap? We Examine

Irreligious Germany and bland food

Germany is one of the most atheistic countries in the world and the website adherents.com reported that 41-49% of Germans are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[32]

Germany is one of the most atheistic countries in the world and the website adherents.com reports that 41-49% of Germans are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[33]

Parlour Magazine reported about German food:

From a young age the German palate is adapted to enjoy the simple flavors of salt, wurst (sausage) and breadcrumbs, shunning anything too sweet, too spicy or too complex.

...I do occasionally enjoy a bit of spice and this is the dilemma. I grew up in a West Indian household led by my grandfather who was a chef, to say I was spoiled in terms of flavorful food would be an understatement. The pepper, the curry, the jerk – all flavors that fueled my youth and make me feel at home. How I survive in Germany, the land of bland, is a mystery to most who know me.[34]

Irreligion, Eastern Europe and flavorless food

Eastern Europe was under about 70 years of atheistic, Soviet communist rule (see also: Atheism and communism). For example, Albania was an atheist state from 1967 to 1991.

The Czech Republic, Estonia, and East Germany have some of the lowest levels of religious belief in secular Europe.

In 2005, the Czech Republic placed second in the world in alcohol consumption.[35] See also: Atheism and alcoholism

From a historical perspective, the Czechs have been characterised as "tolerant and even indifferent towards religion".[36] According to the 2011 census, 34.2% of the Czech population declared they had no religion, 10.3% was Roman Catholic and 10.2% followed other forms of religion both denominational and nondenominational. Furthermore, 45.2% of the population did not answer the question about religion.[37] From 1991 to 2001 and further to 2011 the adherence to Roman Catholicism decreased from 39.0% to 26.8% and then subsequently to 10.3%.[38]

Estonia is one of the least religious areas in the world. Merely 14% of the population declared religion an important part of their daily lives.[39]

The Guardian reported in 2012 about Eastern Germany:

A recent study called Beliefs About God Across Time and Countries found that 52.1% of people asked whether they believed in God identified themselves as atheists. This compared with only 10.3% in western Germany. Indeed, the survey was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 in eastern Germany who believed in God.[40]

The Maverick Traveler reports:

Eastern Europe isn’t known for its variety of exquisite dishes. Most of the dishes are a combination of three ingredients: bread, potatoes and meat. While it’s very hearty, it’s also very flavorless. If you’re there on a short trip or in the beginning of a more extended sojourn, you might find the food interesting and even exotic, but I can guarantee that you’ll quickly get tired of it.

Once you get tired of going out and eating bland local food, you’ll have two options: go to restaurants that serve international cuisine or cook your own food. The problem with the first option is that the international restaurant scene is rather limited in Eastern Europe.[41]

Atheists and dog eating

Each year thousands of dogs are stolen in China and as many as 20 million dogs are killed in China to satisfy the dog meat industry.[42]

According to ABC News, gruesome techniques are used in Chinese dog slaughterhouses.[43]

For more information, please see: Atheists and dog meat eating
Rabbi Levi Welton wrote: "...I've often wondered if the Bible supports animal activism and what exactly God would say if I posed the question, "Do You love dogs?"

Dogs are the only animals in the Torah that receive a reward for their actions. When the Jewish slaves flee Egypt, it states "not one dog barked” (Exodus 11:7). As a reward for that, God said, "…and flesh torn in the field you shall not eat; you shall throw it to the dog[s]" (Exodus 22:30; Mechilta)...

The notable sixteenth century Jewish leader, the Maharsha, says that a dog is a creature of love. Hence, the Hebrew name for a dog is "kelev" which is etymologically derived from the words "kulo lev" or "all heart"...".[44]

For more information, please see: Atheists and dog meat eating and Judaism and dogs

Atheists and cat eating

Both China and Vietnam practice state atheism.

Please see:

China and Vietnam practice state atheism.

In 2009, The Star reported: "China's Chengdu Business Daily estimated recently that as many as 10,000 cats are consumed throughout Guangdong everyday."[45]

In the late 1990s so many cats were eaten in Vietnam that rodents took over farms in plague proportions and destroyed the year's crops.[46]

For more information, please see: Cat slaughtering practices in China and Cat meat trade in Vietnam

Atheism and veganism

See: Atheism and veganism and New Atheism and veganism and Richard Dawkins on veganism

Most atheists are not vegans (see: Atheism and veganism).

The majority of atheists are likely East Asian (see: Asian atheism).[47]

China has the world's largest atheist population (See: China and atheism).[48][49]

An estimated 4 to 5 percent of Chinese are vegetarians.[50]

Atheistic cultures and baby/children eating

See: Atheists and baby eating

For additional information, please see:

Atheistic cultures and children eating

In 2014, The Washington Times reported: "China’s one child policy, baby trafficking, and sex trafficking of North Korean women aren’t the worst human rights violation happening in the country. Aborting innocent and healthy unborn children and eating them to boost one’s stamina and sexual health is.

South Korean customs officials recently seized thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh arriving from China. Since August 2011, South Korean officials have intercepted more than 17000 pills smuggled from China." [51]}}

Please see: Atheists and baby eating and Communist China and baby eating
South Korean officials became aware of a horrific practice of eating aborted fetuses after Seoul Broadcasting System showed a documentary on Chinese doctors who performed abortions and then ate the fetuses. One Chinese doctor on the documentary took out fetuses from his refrigerator.[52]

Atheism and cannibalism

See: Atheism and cannibalism

The serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer engaged in cannibalism. He was an atheist while he committed these acts.[53]

For more information, please see: Atheism and cannibalism

See also

Notes

  1. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
  2. Most atheists are not white & other non-fairy tales, Discover magazine
  3. A Brief Introduction to French Food and Cooking BY Rebecca Franklin
  4. Causes of obesity
  5. Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives, Gallup Poll, 2010
  6. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
  7. Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives, Gallup Poll, 2010
  8. Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives, Gallup Poll, 2010
  9. Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives, Gallup Poll, 2010
  10. http://www.gallup.com/poll/145379/Religious-Americans-Lead-Healthier-Lives.aspx
  11. Can religion help prevent obesity? Religious messages and the prevalence of being overweight or obese among Korean women in California. J Sci Study Relig. 2010;49(3):536-49. Ayers JW1, Hofstetter CR, Irvin VL, Song Y, Park HR, Paik HY, Hovell MF.
  12. 21 Intriguing Horse Meat Consumption Statistics
  13. 21 Intriguing Horse Meat Consumption Statistics
  14. 21 Intriguing Horse Meat Consumption Statistics
  15. Heldman, Dennis R. "IFT and the Food Science Profession." Food Technology. October 2006. p. 11.
  16. Making A Beef About Soviet Food
  17. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  18. http://www.npr.org/2013/11/13/244600582/new-nordics-cool-but-old-scandinavian-food-holds-its-own
  19. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  20. Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds
  21. Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds
  22. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  23. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  24. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  25. Christopher Hitchens: Despite Cancer, I'd Drink & Smoke Again
  26. "Iceland Ranks High on World Atheist List". Iceland Review. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  27. "GLOBAL INDEX OF RELIGION AND ATHEISM" (PDF).
  28. http://www.npr.org/2013/11/13/244600582/new-nordics-cool-but-old-scandinavian-food-holds-its-own
  29. Special Eurobarometer, biotechnology, p. 204". Fieldwork: Jan-Feb 2010.
  30. Five myths about British food
  31. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  32. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  33. Black in Berlin: Surviving Germany’s Food Culture, Parlour Magazine
  34. Czech alcohol consumption figures highlight rising number of problem drinkers, 23-02-2011 16:29 | Chris Johnstone
  35. Richard Felix Staar, Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Issue 269, p. 90
  36. Richard Felix Staar, Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Issue 269, p. 90
  37. Population by denomination and sex: as measured by 1921, 1930, 1950, 1991 and 2001 censuses (Czech and English). Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved on 2010-03-09.
  38. Estonians least religious in the world. EU Observer (11 February 2009). Retrieved on 9 January 2014.
  39. Eastern Germany: the most godless place on Earth
  40. 13 Things They Don’t Tell You About Eastern Europe by James Maverick, Maverick Treveler
  41. The Chinese Government Must Stop Pet Dogs Being Stolen For Meat by JERRY GADIANO, Unilad website
  42. Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality, ABC News, YouTube
  43. Does God Love Dogs? by Rabbi Levi Welton, Jan 4, 2014
  44. Trying to get cat off the menu in China, The Star, 2009
  45. Inside a sickening cat meat market: Photos reveal the horror of barbaric cat trade, Express, 2018
  46. Most atheists are not white & other non-fairy tales, Discover magazine
  47. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
  48. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  49. Vegetarianism by country
  50. Chinese cannibalism of infant flesh outrages the world, Washington Times, 2014
  51. Chinese cannibalism of infant flesh outrages the world, Washington Times, 2014
  52. Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer blames Atheism and Evolution belief for Murders