OK, who pays for these studies? I mean, really. A new one links church attendence to obesity. (read about it here) “The study found that young adults who attend church at least once a week are 50 percent more likely to become obese than those who don’t attend religious services.”
Now I don’t know much about church, but I do know those church ladies can cook. And it stands to reason that if you have joined the Ladies Auxiliary down in the Fellowship Hall a few times, you might have an extra pound or two. I think these facts are skewed. I think southerners are more likely to go to church, and down in the south the primary concern is taste. If vegetables are served, the nutrients have been boiled out in a pot full of lard and hamhocks. Old southern ladies save their bacon grease and add it to everything.
And the whole social structure revolves around food.
Someone dies? You get a refrigerator full of homemade comfort food.
Office meeting? Pile on the pastries!
New baby? Here they come with casseroles.
It’s just rude not to have a full dinner out if company stops by. The plates are big, the helpings huge, and every guest ought to head home with a plate of leftovers. That’s just how it’s done.