We now have another reason to shed those unwanted pounds. It has been reported that obesity is a contributing factor to Global Warming. Yes; can you believe it! If we didn’t have a big enough problem to deal with on the weight loss issue; it now appears that us porkers may be affecting our planet (and when I was riding my bike I thought that the groan I heard was in my head but it might have been Mother Earth complaining about the pounding I was giving her!)
ABC News reported on May 16, 2009 and The New York Times reported on July 18, 2009, about a new study that has suggested that obesity is affecting the planet by raising carbon emissions.
Apparently a couple of researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine recently published a report in the International Journal of Epidemiology titled “Population adiposity and climate change.”The report goes on to say that there appears to be a relationship between obese people and an excess amount of carbon dioxide emissions compared to thin people. Apparently, they found that there is a significant amount of extra carbon dioxide emitted from our heavier neighbors.
I guess Michelle Obama should direct some of her "obesity energies" towards obese adults as well as children! So how LARGE (no pun intended) is your carbon footprint?