Obesity isn’t eco-friendly

    A new study shows that being overweight is bad for the environment.




    A new study shows that being overweight is bad for the environment.
    Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that obesity is actually contributing to the global warming, and they blame it on food production and transportation,
    CNN reports.
    The study states that more fuel is needed to transport heavier people, thereby releasing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
    Researchers used statistical models to compare BMI distribution in the United Kingdom during the 1970s with where it will be in 2010.  About 3.5 percent of the population was obese in the 70s, and they predict the number will balloon to 40 percent in next year.
    The stats showed that the heavier population needed 19 percent more food, which means that 270 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases would be diffused.
    "The main message is staying thin. It’s good for you, and it’s good for the planet," said Phil Edwards, one of the school’s senior lecturers. "In terms of environmental impact, the lean population has a much smaller carbon footprint."
    More than 1 billion people around the world are overweight, and about 300 million of them are considered obese. According to the study the problem is only getting worse as body mass indexes continue to rise in most countries, including China. And the Mayo Clinic said that our BMI distribution isn’t too far off from the study model at a 33.3 percent obesity rate.
    Authors of the study contend that waistlines are expanding because of easy access to fast food (which is fatty and less healthy) and an increasingly seden
    tary lifestyle.



     — Sonya Eskridge




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