Tuesday, 21 Apr, 2009 Environment

Obesity Is One of the Key Factors to Cause Climate Change


A research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology states that doing exercises and eating healthy food in order to be in shape is good for both, you and the environment.

Due to the fact that the production of food is directly linked to global warming, being one of its major contributors, a lean population like the one seen in Vietnam, will eat 20 percent less food, which means less greenhouse emissions compared to a population in which 40 percent of people suffer from obesity, like the one seen in the United States.

Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Population Health consider that the level of pollution from different means of transport will also register a significant decrease because less energy is required to transport slim people.

"When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler. The heavier our bodies become the harder and more unpleasant it is to move about in them and the more dependent we become on our cars," say the researchers.

Researchers analyzed and brought an impressive figure showing that a lean population will emit 1 trillions tones less CO2 or its equivalents per year than a population of overweight people.

Today, in almost every country the average body mass index is increasing - humankind is getting fatter.

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