Losing weight is usually considered a personal matter, for the sake of personal health betterment. Now, you may need to think about losing weight… to save the planet!
That’s right, with rising waist sizes comes increased concerns about its contributions to global warming.
According to a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, obese and overweight people require more fuel to transport themselves and the food that they eat. The problem will only get worse as the population grows in every sense of the word.
Now, before you think that this is some sort of crude discriminatory measure, read on. Since thinner people eat less and are more likely to walk than rely on cars, a slimmer population lowers the demand for the fuel that transports all that extra food, said researcher Phil Edwards.
Most people don’t think about food being an environmental issue. But it’s important because, as Edwards points out, 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions stem from agriculture. So, for the sake of your future and the rest of mankind, it’s time to drop those pounds!
May 17th, 2008