Religious people have healthy life style:
I am sure you’ll agree that the world’s major religions encourage healthy living. Some even mandate abstention or moderation as basic doctrine. Devout Hindus are strict vegetarians, as are many traditional Buddhists. The dietary laws of Judaism, kashrut, date from the earliest books of the Bible. Few pious Muslims drink alcohol. Mormons and Seven Adventists practice healthy temperance in their daily lives. All established religions discourage drunkenness, risky sexual behavior, and any habit or activity harmful to the human body, which has traditionally been viewed as sacred, created in the image of God.
- A growing array of research is charting the benefits to physical health that religious people often enjoy. I’m particularly impressed by studies showing that adolescents from strong religious backgrounds who fre- quently attend worship service, pray, and read scripture are far less likely to drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or experiment with illegal drugs than their nonreligious peers.
- Research also indicates premarital sexual intercourse is far less common among religious adolescents than among less religious teenagers.
- And there’s convincing evidence that the shield of religious moderation continue into adulthood.
- These lifestyle attitudes are the basis of the much lower rates of alcohol and tobacco-related afflictions and sexually transmitted diseases among the religious when compared with their secular peers.