Religious Attendance and Body Mass: An Examination of Variations by Race and Gender

Dawn Godbolt, Preeti Vaghela, Amy M. Burdette, Terrence Hill

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Abstract

Studies of the association between religious attendance and body mass have yielded mixed results. In this paper, we consider intersectional variations by race and gender to advance our understanding of these inconsistencies. We use data from the 2006–2008 Health and Retirement Study to examine the association between religious attendance and three indicators of body mass: overall body mass index, waist circumference, and waist-to-height ratio (n = 11,457). For White women, attendance is either protective or unrelated to body mass. For Black women, attendance is consistently associated with increased body mass. We find that religious attendance is not associated with body mass among the men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 30 2017

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Retirement
Waist Circumference
Body Mass Index
Health
Religion
Waist-Height Ratio
Inconsistency

Keywords

  • BMI
  • Body mass
  • Church attendance
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Religious studies

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Religious Attendance and Body Mass : An Examination of Variations by Race and Gender. / Godbolt, Dawn; Vaghela, Preeti; Burdette, Amy M.; Hill, Terrence.

In: Journal of Religion and Health, 30.08.2017, p. 1-13.

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