Young adults who regularly attend religious activities are 50 percent more likely to become obese when they reach middle age than nonreligious peers, according to a study by Northwestern University's medical school.
The study tracked 2,433 people for 18 years.
CNN asked Erik Christensen, pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Logan Square, Chicago, to comment on the study: "There's certainly a church culture around eating. What I see among congregants in their 20s and 30s is they are very fit, and what I see among congregants in their 50s and 60s is disproportionate obesity."
Christensen said the decision to attend church is sometimes made at the expense of being involved in athletic or recreational activities.
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