Yet another reason not to turn to lard over the winter season! The World Health Organisation says big eaters means more food production which means more CO2 gas emissions for our planet. Not good.
The world’s fast-growing hordes of fat people are big contributors to global warming, according to the World Health Organisation.
Scientists have warned that the increase in big eaters means more food production – a major cause of CO2 gas emissions warming the planet, says to a report in British newspaper, The Sun.
The environmental impact of fat humans is made even worse because they are more likely to travel by car – another major cause of carbon emissions.
Each fat person is said to be responsible for a tonne more of climate-warming carbon dioxide per year than a thin one due to factors including higher food and fuel consumption.
It means an extra billion tonnes of CO2 a year is created, according to WHO estimates of overweight people.
Dr Phil Edwards, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler.”
Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say wealthy nations like the US, Australia and Britain are getting fatter by the decade.
“Food production accounts for about one fifth of greenhouse gases,” Dr Edwards said. We need to do a lot more to reverse the global trend towards fatness. It is a key factor in the battle to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change. “This is about over-consumption by the wealthy countries. And the world demand for meat is increasing to match that of Britain and America.
The study by Dr Edwards and colleague Ian Roberts is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Dr Edwards went on: “We are not just pointing the finger at fat people. All populations are getting fatter and it has an impact on the environment.”