and the thin shall inherit the earth...

Here’s a fun little gem to help you celebrate Earth Day:

Slim people, like paper bags and hybrid cars, are better for the environment.

According to a new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology, leaner people and communities produce fewer greenhouse gases from food production when compared to populations in which 40% of individuals are obese.

So I’m guessing the ozone hole in LA is much better than the one hovering over the entire South?

Basically, the theory works like this: The heavier we become, the harder it is to move, diving us to rely on gas-guzzling cars for transportation. Increased food demands also leads to more farming and greenhouse gas emissions.

In their study, Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Population Health highlighted poor, third world countries like Vietnam – people there cannot afford the same vast quantities of food that we can, so they consume almost 20% less of it, therefore causing fewer greenhouse gases to be produced.

The researchers also estimate that a lean population of 1 billion people would emit 1.0 GT (1,000 million tons) less carbon dioxide equivalents per year compared with an overweight one.

Just some food for thought…

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