Lose Weight to Stop Global Warming
Two British scientist from the London School of Hygiene &
Tropical Medicine have made a direct correlation between increased CO2 emissions and being overweight.
Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts say that the increased consumption of fast food and convenience snacks in addition to decreased physical activity has led to a population that's 40 percent obese. The study states that people who are overweight are to blame for emitting a ton more of greenhouse gases than their thinner counterparts. Why? Because of their increased food consumption and the extra fuel required to transport them in cars and other modes transportation.
"When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler," say the scientists. "We need to be doing a lot more to reverse the global trend towards fatness, and recognize it as a key factor in the battle to reduce emissions and slow climate change," writes Edwards.
If you want to shed a few pounds and do your part for the planet, try eating more locally produced foods and walking instead of driving to your neighborhood market.