'Lead us not into temptation,' is a well known command at church. But according to a new study, maybe it should include pot luck suppers and parties.
Findings at Northwestern University show that those who frequently attend religious activities were far more likely to get fat than those who didn't.
50% more likely.
The study followed almost 2,500 men and women for up to 20 years. Each person was between 20 and 32 years old.
All were considered to be in their normal weight range in the beginning.
But by the end, those who had attended a religious function at least once a week were more likely to post a body mass index of 30 or higher.
The study doesn't point to any one reason.
But the good people of Faith Tabernacle Church in Arlington, Texas don't think their pot luck suppers, the casseroles, and fellowship meetings are to blame.
"There's a lot of people when you put food on their plate, they hardly eat anything that's on it. They're busy talking," said churchgoer, Virginia Johnson.
Kids know the deal though!
"In the classroom they always give us snacks and stuff so that way we'll focus a little bit better, so we won't be asleep," said 14-year-old Zoe Combs.
One explanation may be those who go to church are happier and therefore, eat more.