Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What's the Correlation Between Exercise and Religiosity

In the U.S., at the state level, it's a a correlation of -0.69. The more religious a state is, the less people there exercise. (Before you rationalists high five each other too much: are you getting enough exercise? You reading this. You.)

I've seen previous numbers that at the individual level, religiosity correlates with healthy weight. It's difficult to see how those can both be right.


Michael D said...

At an individual level, religiosity may be a proxy for conscientiousness. Frequent church attendance and frequent exercise are both habits that require discipline. Hence the correlation. Also, if religiosity is measured by church attendance, then people whose health prevents exercise also appear to be not religious. In short, what are they really measuring, when they measure individual religiosity?

Michael Caton said...

I think you're probably onto something there. I don't know if there's ever been an OCEAN analysis of these things done.