German online tabloid Bild today has an article about a study on obesity and its effects on the planet and climate.
Time for you to go on a climate-saving diet.
The study appeared in the journal of BMC Public Health.
Bild writes that increasing obesity does not only causes chronic ailments such as diabetes and cardio-vascular disease, but could develop into a climate-killer. Because of addiction to fat and obesity, CO2-emissions are higher than they should be.
The study Bild writes about says that if the planet had the same rate of overweight people as the USA does, it would be like having another billion people (emitters) on the planet. The study’s abstract writes (my emphasis):
In 2005, global adult human biomass was approximately 287 million tonnes, of which 15 million tonnes were due to overweight (BMI > 25), a mass equivalent to that of 242 million people of average body mass (5% of global human biomass). Biomass due to obesity was 3.5 million tonnes, the mass equivalent of 56 million people of average body mass (1.2% of human biomass). North America has 6% of the world population but 34% of biomass due to obesity. […} If all countries had the BMI distribution of the USA, the increase in human biomass of 58 million tonnes would be equivalent in mass to an extra 935 million people of average body mass, and have energy requirements equivalent to that of 473 million adults.”
Prof. Roberts sees a relation between weight and the population’s reliance on the automobile. Translating the Bild quote to English, Dr. Roberts says, “The average body mass index (BMI) is related to the level of per capita fuel consumption. It’s little wonder that Arabian countries appear on the list – the people eat, but move very little because they drive everywhere by automobile.“
I can see it now: dieting – to save the climate! Does anyone have Governor Christie’s e-mail address?
(Actually, I could lose few pounds myself – maybe tomorrow.)