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…