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Many religions condemn overeating and laziness. But new research finds that people who frequently attend religious services are significantly more likely to become obese by the time they reach middle age.

The study doesn’t prove that attending services is fattening, nor does it explain why weight might be related to faith. Even so, the finding is surprising, especially considering that religious people tend to be in better health than others, said study author Matthew J. Feinstein, a medical student at Northwestern University in Chicago.

“It highlights a particular group that appears to be at a greater risk of becoming obese and remaining obese,” he said. “It’s a group that may benefit from targeted anti-obesity interventions and from obesity prevention programs.”

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