30% of Baptists in the US are obese, according to the results of a Purdue University study conducted in 2006, as cited by Dr Scott Stoll in a Fox News article. This is higher than for any other Christian denomination and compares with only 1% of Jews and 0.7% of Hindus and Buddhists. Clearly politically correct vegetarian diets are less successful in adding substance to the physique than good old Baptist Burgers and the holiest food of all, Krispy Kreme donuts.
The whole of America must be going Baptist, because another study published this year in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine predicts that the US obesity rate will be almost 50% by 2030. A Northwestern University study from 2011 concluded that young adults who attend a Bible study or church each week are 50% more likely to be obese, while a Pulpit and Pew study from 2001 found that 76% of clergy were overweight or obese compared with 61% of the general population.
So, come along to church and join the Chub Club. It looks as if there is now convincing evidence that Bible-believing Baptists really are more substantial people than those of other faiths. There is a solid scientific reason why those evangelicals are so big-hearted – they need to be in order for the heart to pump blood all the way round their oversized bodies. In Australia, 36% of adults are overweight and 25% obese.