So, overeating is contributing to climate change? Really? Seriously?
Well, overeating does contribute to obesity, which then has a fall-out affect on the environment, particularly climate change that has been tracked by researchers.
And there is an ‘obesity epidemic’ according to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDFC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to researchers, overeating contributes to an increase in carbon-dioxide emissions (exhalation) and waste from greater food and drink consumption and the extra output of emissions from gas fueled transportation to deliver all this food for consumption and therefore obesity is associated with about 20% more greenhouse gas emissions as compared to people who are considered to have healthier, normal weight.
According to researchers, obesity around the world is contributing an extra 700 megatons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, approximately 1.6% of all emissions made by humans.
Faidon Magkos, who is with the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen located in Denmark, and is also an author of the paper published by the Obesity Society, says that the study shows managing obesity can have an effect not only on morbidity, mortality and health care costs but on the environment as well.
This study records the concern with weight and carbon emissions by the Obesity Society which is a scientific organization that is dedicated to the study of obesity and how it is treated.
Researchers with the organization started with the basic biology that obese people have a far higher carbon dioxide production from oxidative metabolism than normal weight individuals. They also included factors such as more food and drinks are produced and transported to them resulting in more gaseous emissions from transport vehicles as well as most obese people ride in gas emitting vehicles rather than walking or biking.
Both the CDC and WHO report that obesity contributes to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and its contribution to climate change can trigger anxiety, depression and PTSD in people.
The authors of the study emphasized that it is really important to not add stigmatization to people who suffer from obesity but to encourage care and health solutions for them.
Ted Kyle, the founder of ConscienHealth, but who was not part of the research, made a comment for the Obesity Journal that obesity affects not only the health of the person but also contributes to environmental issues if obesity is left untreated..