April 29, 2005

A 1998 Purdue University survey found that religious Americans were more likely to be overweight than their nonreligious peers. Now, more and more religious leaders are speaking out about how the obese among their flock can shed the extra pounds.

According to the Purdue study, the "weightiest" religions, from heaviest to lightest, are 1. Southern Baptist; 2. Church of Christ, Pentecostal/Assembly of God, Church of God, Fundamentalist Baptist; 3. Methodist, Christian Church, African Methodist Episcopal and North American Baptist not living in the South; 4. Protestant-non-denominational; 5. Roman Catholic; 6. Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormon, Unitarian, Christian Scientist; 7. None; 8. Protestant: Reformation era; 9. Jewish; 10. Islam, Hindu, Buddhist.

If you would like to learn more about faith-based diets, check out the Weigh Down Workshop at http://www.wdworkshop.com, or Our Lady of Weight Loss at www.ourladyofweightloss.com.