Young, religiously active people are more likely than their non-religious counterparts to become obese in middle age, according to new research. In fact, frequent religious involvement appears to almost double the risk of obesity compared with little or no involvement.
What is unclear from the new research is why religion might be associated with overeating.
Might is the key word here. It fell to atheist (and biological scientist) PZ Myers to put that story in its proper perspective:
How can our news media get the story so completely backwards? MSNBC is reporting a correlation between religiosity and obesity, which simply can’t be true. Aside from the difficulties of going from a correlation between two complex phenemona to an assumption of causality, we have it from an unimpeachable, objective source that the opposite is true.
The Conservopedia argues, Myers explains, that atheism causes fatness (not religion).
So that’s that.
Well, if and only if you dwell on “the difficulties of going from a correlation between two complex phenemona to an assumption of causality.”
Thus it was a combination of bad science and bad logic that produced the “religion linked to obesity” story. Yeah. Forget it.