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Obesity = Global Warming?

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Researchers in Geneva at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine say that overweight and obese people need more food, which requires more fuel to transport them and the food they eat.

You know, I can see where a person might try to make this connection because there is a thread of logic to follow. Yeah, an extra container of food being shipped requires more fuel, and a car burns more fuel carrying an extra 100 pounds of person. But what does that have to do with Joe and Sue losing weight?

This study seems to be more of a make work project to me rather than directly addressing the merits of our challenge with either obesity or pollution though.

Yes, I'm all in favor of science and research and understand how some research projects on the surface appear to have little practical significance, but to the specialist might be breakthrough work.

This isn't breakthrough work.

I wouldn't have signed off on paying for this study, but I would sign off on something that directly addressed helping overweight people lose weight, or to engineers to invent more efficient machines that pollute less.

If you are overweight and want to lose weight, does your proposed contribution to global warming inspire you to eat less? I wouldn't think many would make this connection, and this is an important reason why this study isn't terribly useful.

The article states; "At least 400 million adults worldwide are obese. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects by 2015, 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese."

Those stats are frightening. Imagine the global health problems that we'll face. Imagine how many more people will personally suffer the diseases associated with being overweight and obese. We definitely need to make a concerted effort to get away from believing that 1000 to 3000 calorie meals are rewarding. There is more to it than that, but for sure the dominant practice of only feeling satisfied from overeating and encouraging others to overeat at family dinners "eat, eat, there's plenty to go around", needs to be recognized as unhealthy.

Research that directly benefits addressing the global obesity problem - let's do it. Never mind the junk science.

 

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