Obesity caused by Global Warming

Is there anything that isn’t caused by global warming?

Did you know that obesity isn’t caused by stuffing food in alarming quantities into your gob?

Obesity is caused by global warming…or perhaps obesity is causing global warming…oh it is so confusing.

Obesity and climate change are two of the most pressing modern challenges.1 On the surface, there appears to be no connection between them, beyond their coexistence as major threats to global health and sustainability.

However, recent research suggests a causal bidirectional link between obesity and climate change. Mounting evidence suggests that “current food production, transport, land use and urban design negatively impact both climate change and obesity outcomes.” A recent article by Webb and Egger explores this connection.

More than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17% of children and adolescents are obese. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.4 billion adults worldwide were overweight in 2008. Over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese. Overweight and obesity have nearly doubled since 1980 and have become the fifth largest cause of global mortality. 

But it maybe that the fat bastards are causing global warming not the other way around.

The behaviors of obese individuals impact the environment.  For example, many obese individuals are sedentary.7 Physical activity “is replaced by carbon-emitting, fossil fuel-powered transport.”

Obese individuals tend to have highly processed diets, which have a deleterious impact on the environment. For example, in comparison with the highly processed Westernized diets, more traditional plant-based diets are associated with fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Populations with a higher percentage (more than 40%) of overweight individuals have a 19% increase in total energy expenditure associated with adiposity.

A similar relationship exists between unhealthful diets and their impact on body weight. Plant-based diets are associated with lower rates of obesity.9 It follows that a “positive shift” toward a more plant-based diet should “not only reduce body weight but also contribute to reducing an individual’s carbon footprint and hence, environmental impact.”

Oh, ok, Fat Bastards cause global warming…or do they?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “global temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already affecting society and ecosystems.”

These changes “can be linked to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, caused largely by people burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, heat and cool buildings, and power vehicles.”

Extreme climate events affect eating and shopping behaviors. One mechanism is “food insecurity”—a perception of “limited or uncertain access to adequate food,” which can cause people to make unhealthful food-related decisions.11 The insecurity is realistic, since anthropogenic climate change leads to scarcity and higher food prices.

Right so…the equations is now this… global warming causes Obesity which causes more global warming…a vicious cycle…which is ironic because if these fat bastards that were causing all this global warming had acquainted themselves with a cycle we wouldn’t be in this awful predicament.


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