Being overweight doesn’t affect just your health and appearance. According British researchers, obesity has a negative impact on the planet, too.
Each year, overweight people contribute about one ton more of carbon dioxide emissions than thin people. And with a billion overweight people in the world, that really adds up!
How is there such a drastic difference? It boils down to eating more and moving less.
The production of food is a major source of greenhouse gases. When the demand is higher, the emissions are higher, creating more pollution.
Additionally, the London-based study reported, overweight people are more likely to travel by car instead of using a more eco-friendly form of transportation, like walking or riding a bike.
“We need to be doing a lot more to reverse the global trend toward fatness,” study authors Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts stated, “and recognize it as a key factor in the battle to reduce [carbon] emissions and slow climate change.”
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