Bad week for…….fatties

Yes it’s been revealed this week that the obese are actually to blame for global warming (and I think the Chinese earthquake and Burmese cyclone, but I could have got that bit muddled up).
British scientists say they use up more fuel to transport them around and the amount of food they eat requires more energy to produce than that consumed by those on smaller diets.
According to a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine this adds to food shortages and higher energy prices.
Mr Edwards and his colleague Ian Roberts argue that because thinner people eat less and are more likely to walk than rely on cars, a slimmer population would lower demand for fuel and food.
But while it’s obviously going too far to blame that fay guy down your street for the polar ice caps melting, this research does fall into the “tell us something we don’t know category”.
Of course slimmer people are more likely to be those that exercise more and eat less – whether from choice in the developed world or due to poverty in the developing world.
But the fight back to the logic has already started – guess where? Yup the land of the lard’s academics are up in (presumably bingo-winged) arms.
It was troubling, some said, that stigma could arise from the suggestion.
“There is enough stigma attached to obesity as it is,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn. “We should very carefully avoid making it seem as if overweight people are responsible for environmental decline.”
“Obese people have enough issues to deal with without being demonized for their impact on the environment,” agreed Keith-Thomas Ayoob, pediatric nutritionist and associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “The truth is, all people are an environmental burden.
“It is offensive, and I’m not overweight,” he said. “I hope the writers are not in the position of seeing patients. They must have missed the lecture on bedside manner.”
Or maybe they’re just able to see the bigger (no pun intended) picture.


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