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Fatties are Bad for the Environment


A bit of casual Googling has led me to find that fat people are bad for the environment.

A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine concluded that those classed as "overweight" emit, on average, 10% more carbon dioxide emissions.



Why is this? If you weigh more, when you walk about, it's the equivalent of driving an SUV rather than a compact car. This means that heavier people use more energy to do the same amount of waddling about, and so have a greater calorific need. This is met by food, which is a major source of emissions.

"We need to be doing a lot more to reverse the global trend toward fatness, and recognise it as a key factor in the battle to reduce emissions and slow climate change" said researchers Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts.

According to EU estimates, each citizen accounts for 11 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Solar panels would save 1 of these tonnes, even if you're fat.