High rates of obesity and chronic disease among United Methodist clergy.


Journal Article

We used self-reported data from United Methodist clergy to assess the prevalence of obesity and having ever been told certain chronic disease diagnoses. Of all actively serving United Methodist clergy in North Carolina (NC) 95% (n = 1726) completed self-report height and weight items and diagnosis questions from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). We calculated BMI categories and diagnosis prevalence rates for the clergy and compared them to the NC population using BRFSS data. The obesity rate among clergy aged 35-64 years was 39.7%, 10.3% (95% CI = 8.5%, 12.1%) higher than their NC counterparts. Clergy also reported significantly higher rates of having ever been given diagnoses of diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, angina, and asthma compared to their NC peers. Health interventions that address obesity and chronic disease among clergy are urgently needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Proeschold-Bell, RJ; LeGrand, SH

Published Date

  • September 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1867 - 1870

PubMed ID

  • 20448538

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20448538

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1930-739X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/oby.2010.102


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States