Gluttony deadliest sin for Italians

Most Italians feel more guilty about over-eating than they do about cheating on their partners, according to the findings of a survey that factors other than religious faith are more inclined to influence behaviour.

Reuters reports that the survey, by psychology magazine Riza Psicosomatica, found that excessive eating and spending topped the list of what people considered the most guilt-inducing vices.

Sexual infidelity came bottom of the list of the magazine's 'seven deadly sins', behind neglecting friends and family, failing at work and not looking after one's physique.

The survey of some 1000 Italians aged 25-55 found that religion played little part in determining what made people feel guilty, despite Italy's Catholic traditions.

Only 7% of those questioned said religious rules induced guilt. The most powerful drivers of guilty feelings were the judgment of loved ones or the disapproval of society as a whole.

Binge eating worse than cheating for Italians (Reuters 10/1/06)

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11 Jan 2006