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

TitleReligious Attendance and Body Mass: An Examination of Variations by Race and Gender.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGodbolt, D, Vaghela, PM, Burdette, AM, Hill, TD
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume57
Issue6
Pagination2140-2152
Date Published12/2018
ISSN Number1573-6571
KeywordsBMI, Gender Differences, Racial/ethnic differences, Religion
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.

DOI10.1007/s10943-017-0490-1
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Alternate JournalJ Relig Health
Citation Key9299
PubMed ID28856558