This is a blog I wrote back in October 2007:
DOES ISLAM CAUSE OBESITY?
Well looks like devotion to Islam is bad for the waistline. The "obesity epidemic" studied in Australia notes that the AU group that has the largest numbers of overweight children is Middle Easterners/muslims. (17% vs 5.7% of Anglo-Australian children)
One would have to extrapolate that the same group is also a large part (pun intended) of the British obesity problem- both children and adults. If you review the many UK studies of obesity you will find all sorts of reasons and excuses for its occurrence in the UK, lack of exercise, bad choices, etc - but you will not find anyone mentioning the clear relationship between Islamic ideology and obesity. I did find one US medical research study that did affirm the premise that muslims (in this case muslim women) are heavier than most.- read PDF format study here - see particularly page 11. Apparently wearing burkas is not too conducive to exercising but clearly they do not inhibit eating.
Perhaps muslim men too much time is spent sitting on the floor discussing plans to bomb the infidels & other terrorist acts. (too many examples to link) And for all their posturing about not eating a study found that Gulf muslims actually gain weight during the "fasting" of Ramadan. I wonder if all those non-muslim doctors, nurses and hospital staffs in Scotland actually lost weight during their forced Ramadan fast?
Perhaps a woman, encased in a black shroud, feels little impetus to move especially when her husband or father has so many reasons from the Quran as to why her existence or actions could cause a beating. Even the nondescript thug has a right to beat a muslim woman. Jail is safer than freedom for many muslim women. (TOO many examples to link)
So with the cost of obesity & its usual accompanying health problems of heart disease and diabetes, etc. estimated to cost British taxpayers over 45 billion pounds, perhaps this is yet another (of the long, long list) reason that muslims should not be allowed to immigrate into the UK. Maybe instead of banning vending machines - we should be more concerned with banning muslims? Maybe this is even a reason some of the faux health conscious looney left might even consider?
I know I'm overreaching.
For article go to: Childhood obesity 'grossly overstated'
*****Now comes more confirmation showing the link between diabetes and Islam:
-from the Islam in Europe website:
People of other origins run 2-6 times more of a risk of developing type 2 diabetes than ethnics. Type 2 diabetes is a disease closely tied to obesity, but bad eating habits are not the only causes. The risk of diabetes type 2 is also determined by genes.
Antwerp doctor Güven Yildiz is researching diabetes among immigrants. She says that in Belgium only an estimate can be made regarding the higher susceptibility of immigrants for diabetes, but she turns to data from the Netherlands. Also according to the Flemish Diabetes Associations (VDV), this data can be extrapolated to Belgium. In particular Surinamese, Hindus, Turks and Moroccans appear susceptible to the disease.
According to the VDV ethnicity is thus a risk factor. But the hereditary tendency decides the risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes and the age in which it develops. Part of the explanation might be found in the difference in the habits with those in the land of origin: metabolism adapts to the surroundings. In another surroundings it leads to problems. Moreover, among people of other origin, diabetes develop several years earlier on the average than among ethnics.
Immigrants therefore also need precise information about this disease. Muslims who have diabetes, for example, should not take part in Ramadan. "Ramadan is a risk period," says the VDV. "By suddenly dropping the normal treatment rhythm, there is more of a risk to increase or lower the blood sugar levels." Also insufficient liquid intake is very important. Fasting from sunrise to sunset and afterward eating a lot of fat and sugar-rich food, is bad for diabetes treatment.