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20 Apr 2009 04:04:18

Obesity increasing global carbon dioxide emissions

Obesity increasing global carbon dioxide emissions
Higher rates of obesity in the world's richest nations are causing an increase in global carbon dioxide (CO2) output, it has been claimed.

Research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has underlined the fact that a lean population, such as that of Vietnam, consumes as much as 20 percent less food than one similar to that found in the US, where 40 percent is obese.

Conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in Britain, the study concluded that a leaner population of one billion people would annually produce one billion tonnes less CO2 as a result of rearing and transporting livestock than a fatter one.

Warning that obesity is on the rise in nearly every country in the world, report co-authors Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts said: "When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler.

"Staying slim is good for health and for the environment."

The LSHTM's Transport and Health Group is currently involved in a variety of projects, including the development of simulation models to show how alternative transport scenarios in Britain and Argentina could lead to carbon offsetting and mitigation.



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