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A Stretch Too Far

Posted by Richard Cockrum on May 16, 2008

A team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is reporting that people who are obese are one of the driving forces behind global warming.

The team found that obese people require 1,680 daily calories to sustain normal energy and another 1,280 to maintain daily activities - a fifth more than normal.

The higher consumption of food has a two-fold effect, researchers said.

First of all the increasing demand for food, drives up production.

This means that agricultural processes are using more oil to meet demand, which contributes to the rising cost of fuel.

The cost of fuel is then passed on in the cost of food, making it more difficult for poorer areas to afford it.


What is more, the researchers said obese people are likely to rely on transport more and put more strain on that transport because of their mass, which again drives up prices and usage.

Ah! Such a welcome relief to know that obese people are a driving force behind the ills of the world.

I wonder if they forgot that obesity is more common among lower socio-economic groups, which means, following the same reasoning, that poor people are the cause of rising prices, food shortages, increasing transportation costs, and global warming.

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2 Responses to A Stretch Too Far

You/They are forgetting that higher consumption of food leads to more flatulence, which, like car exhaust, contributes greenhouse gases.

You're right. I wonder if anyone has ever calculated the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by humans. People who eat a great deal would, of course emit more than their fair share, as would individuals with lactose intolerance or other digestive disorders.

What do you think?
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