Essay: Unreasonable, overweight atheists vs. slim, African Christians

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African Christians clapping at an open-air meeting.

In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[1]

The traditional African diet is healthier than many Western World invividuals' diets and Africa has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.[2][3] In recent years, Christianity has seen a rapid growth in Africa.[4] See: Global atheism and Atheist population

The atheist population has a significant problem with obesity (see: Atheism and obesity).

When one compares pictures the attendees of the 2012 Reason Rally with attendees of the 2014 Cfan Christ For All Nations gospel crusade held in Barundi, Africa, there was a significant higher proportion of attendees of the Reason Rally who were overweight/obese.[5] According to medical science, excess weight/obesity poses serious health risks.

The traditional African diet is healthier than many Western World invividuals' diets and Africa has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.[2][3] In recent years, Christianity has seen a rapid growth in Africa.[4] In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[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.[6][7] Furthermore, a 2012 Queen's University study published in Psychological Science found that religion replenishes self-control.[8] Also, numerous studies indicate that those who engage in regular spiritual practices have lower mortality rates.[9][10]

According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[11] For more information, please see: Atheism and obesity and Atheism and health

There is considerable amount of scientific evidence that suggest that theism is more conducive to mental and physical health than atheism [12] See also: Atheism and health

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  2. 2.0 2.1 World's fattest countries
  3. 3.0 3.1 Traditional African diets are healthier than Western diets, Today's Nutrition
  4. 4.0 4.1 The African apostles: How Christianity exploded in 20th-century Africa
  5. Religion, Self-Regulation, and Self-Control: Associations, Explanations, and Implications
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19210054
  7. Religious involvement and mortality: a meta-analytic review. McCullough ME, Hoyt WT, Larson DB, Koenig HG, Thoresen C., Health Psychol. 2000 May;19(3):211-22.
  8. The role of spirituality in health care, roc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2001 October; 14(4): 352–357.
  9. https://www.gallup.com/poll/145379/Religious-Americans-Lead-Healthier-Lives.aspx
  10. McCullogh ME, Larson DB, Hoyt WT. et al. (2000). Religious involvement and mortality: a meta-analytic review. Health Psychology. 19, 3. 211-222