Sometimes you think about something and then keep noticing it popping up everywhere. So anyway I was recently pondering in a not to serious manner if there were any links between Atheism and fitness and in particular obesity. Then I heard a DJ on a radio talk show comment that it was quite likely that Atheists were unfit and overweight because they probably have not much concern about the future. You know the way we don’t have a positive outlook on life because we are so miserable all the time. We apparently suffer from the vice called Greed and we also lack self-control. Anyway lets’ not go there on trying to even work that one out. Then I got a mailshot with a link to a topic on “Who is fatter – Atheists or Theists? So I thought I would ask what you think.

Now I know that there would not appear to any correlation between Atheism and Obesity. However it may be that we do take our health more seriously if we look at the world through more scientific eyes. Maybe we see through the marketing more. Maybe as we know that as we only have one life we want to enjoy it as much as possible so we take more notice of what we consume. We all agree some Theists will swallow just about anything but would there be anything in their worldview to make them less concerned. I anticipate plenty of comments on the Jesus biscuits and the bloody wine.

Are you careful about what you eat? Do you try to keep fit?  Are your more like Penn or more like Teller?

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Tags: health, obesity

Comment by Doug Reardon on December 6, 2012 at 7:54pm

I weigh what I weighed in high school, for what that's worth!

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 6, 2012 at 8:17pm

It's worth a lot! I'm about 20 pounds over my ideal HS weight, but working my way down - it goes on a lot faster than it comes off.

Comment by Becca on December 6, 2012 at 8:19pm

I do care about my health and I am a healthy individual. I do put thought into what I eat. I try to eat foods grown/raised locally and I avoid processed foods. I try to keep active, I do a ton of walking ad some biking and my job keeps me on my feet. I'm not all crazy about my food or exercise, to be one of those people who watches literally every tiny thing they eat or are on a rigid intense exercise regimen would stress me out and cause me to not be happy. Also, I know what I do with my body has an effect on my health and longevity but I also know that my genes (depending on what they contain) could kill me early or allow me to live to 100+ regardless of what I do.

Comment by Jimmy Russell on December 6, 2012 at 9:33pm

For me, my atheism is completely unrelated to going to the gym.  I love both but I don't see how they correlate except for maybe the idea that being smarter leads better choices in general.  Im  pretty sure there are no gods of any kind just like im pretty sure eating Wack Arnolds 4 times a week and sitting on my ass all day will lead to a diabetic, premature death.   

Comment by Geoff on December 6, 2012 at 11:25pm

Dale, you da man! 

I would be younger.  I have been an atheist as long as I have been thinking about things seriously (12-13 years old). Through most of my adult life I have worked out every day.  I follow a fairly strict diet. I avoid red meat.   I still compete in canoe, running and bike races.  At 5'9", I'm about 170 and I've been at that weight since college, 42 years ago.  Like Jimmy, I don't see a real strong connection.  Fitness, like my independent thinking, is a lifestyle that I both enjoy and take pride in.  Maybe the wishful dreamers and theists think they can avoid the hard work of maintaining their health because some spiritual thing will intercede for them.  But those folks are brain dead anyway.  Maybe we rebellious, feisty, free thinkers are more prone to being active and competitive.  Anyway, it is a good question.

Comment by Ed on December 7, 2012 at 8:58am

No correlation in my mind. We're a nation of "phat phucks," theist or atheist. If being healthy is eating  lots of goodies out of the veggie garden, cutting, splitting, and stacking 10 cord of wood a winter, and sucking sizable quantities of vino from the vineyard then count me in. At 55 I still have the same waistline I did in high school.

Comment by Ed on December 7, 2012 at 9:18am

I want to edit my commentary by saying that a nation of "phat phucks" is directed at the obesity crisis of the U.S. I realized that this forum is composed of everyone from around our beautiful planet.

Comment by Strega on December 7, 2012 at 9:54am

My mum, who lives on her own in London, is an atheist.  She is 85, has a 92 year old boyfriend in Canada who she spends a month every year in Florida with - other than that they 'long-distance' commute a couple of times a year.  She has had both hips replaced years ago.  She drives an open-top sports convertible, plays fast doubles tennis at her tennis club every week, has drinks with 'the girls' every Friday afternoon/evening, plays bridge with friends frequently and stays in great shape.  Diagnosed with breast cancer this March, she underwent anti-hormone treatment and has practically beaten it, her blood counts are very low and her tumours have all but vanished. The doctors are awed.

I could go on, because there is so much more, but I just wanted to dispel the idea that atheism has to lead to any kind of indolence.

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 7, 2012 at 10:33am

@Ed - I couldn't help noticing your picture has changed, have you had some "work" done?

Comment by Ryan B on December 7, 2012 at 3:00pm

At 6' and 160lbs I don't really watch what or when I eat, but I do stay active.  Soccer and basketball with friends and brothers mainly.  With the thought of having 1 life to live I try to stay healthy, but at the same time thoroughly enjoy eating whatever my taste buds desire.  All about moderation and metabolism.


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