A highly controversial article in the June 30, 2007 issue of New Scientist suggested that obese people add to the atmospheric carbon burden because they tend to drive more and eat more meat. Most of the piece’s conclusions are purely conjectural – the only hard evidence for the author’s assertions is correlational, such as the fact that the US has both the highest obesity rate in the world and the largest per capita emissions rate. Therefore, arguments can be made that obese individuals contribute disproportionately to climate change, but little hard evidence exists to support this assertion. If obese people hurt the environment by virtue of driving more, than lazy people, thin or obese, are equally to blame.
Just to add to the topic a bit more:
” ‘Eighteen percent more food energy is required in many populations where there is a large prevalence of obesity,’…said Phil Edwards, co-author of the letter and senior statistician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom.”
This was taken from another article (citation below) pertaining to the domino effect of one form of over-consumption leading to several other forms of over-consumption.
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