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Fat People Are Causing Global Warming

From those Gaia cultists at Reuters:

Stay slim to save the planet

Sun Apr 19, 2009

LONDON (Reuters) – Overweight people eat more than thin people and are more likely to travel by car, making excess body weight doubly bad for the environment, according to a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

"When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler," and food production is a major source of greenhouse gases, researchers Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts wrote in their study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

"We need to be doing a lot more to reverse the global trend toward fatness, and recognize it as a key factor in the battle to reduce (carbon) emissions and slow climate change," the British scientists said.

They estimated that each fat person is responsible for about one tonne of carbon dioxide emissions a year more on average than each thin person, adding up to an extra one billion tonnes of CO2 a year in a population of one billion overweight people.

The European Union estimates each EU citizen accounts for 11 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.

Obviously the solution is to tax people based on their weight.

(Thanks to Melissa for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Fat People Are Causing Global Warming”

  1. pdsand says:

    “”When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler,” and food production is a major source of greenhouse gases”

    Obviously these bravos missed the story about Michael Phelps’s diet.

  2. I would definitely blame Rosie O’Donnell for all the worlds problems…. but thats just me.

  3. Obviously these bravos missed the story about Michael Phelps’s diet.

    Exactly. But, as with liberals, there are exceptions to every rule. Do you think Rosie O’Donnell or Michael Moore will be chastized by Al Gore? Methinks not.

    Meanwhile, those of us in the upper Midwest and areas of the world where heft is necessary in colder climates, will be tossed in jail for eco-crimes. And they seem to think that everyone who is overweight enjoys being fat. I’ve tried to lose weight for years; it’s a struggle. But I don’t think I eat more or more lavishly than Obama…I’ve never had Waygu steak or caviar…and no one cooks for me and my family every day.

    • A Mad Pole says:

      “Do you think Rosie O’Donnell or Michael Moore will be chastized by Al Gore?”

      Well, the chief global warming acolyte Al Gore is not that trim himself to begin with

    • Touchè, A Mad Pole…

      What about an environmental study about the effects of chemical contraceptives on waterways and water species? What about THAT environmental impact?

    • jobeth says:

      Wonder if these “global warming birdbrains” ever considered that according to their evolution theories NATURE decides what type bodies we have. (not teens, but mature bodies)

      For instance…Eskimos…short thick bodies. They need to keep the heat in. Africans and desert dwellers tend to be sometimes taller and lankier. They need to release more heat into the atmosphere…OOPs…a flaw in their theory?

      Food availability has a lot to do with it for sure, but the tendency to be short and thick or tall and lanky has a lot to do with where that race of people come from.

      Bet they never considered the very “evolution theory” they keep jamming down our kids in school. My opinion it has to do with what our maker knows our needs will be.

      Besides…I can make a sure bet that no matter how much “Co2 emissions” a fat person produces, It can’t match the Co2 emissions of both ends of Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Moore and Al Gore. Not to mention all the Co2 emissions from their traveling to tell we shouldn’t travel!

      Lord…if these dimwits would just shut up we would all have enough “greenhouse credits” that would supply the world for 110 years!

      The world would be a happier place. Then folks wouldn’t need to eat too much trying to cope with their stupid “theories”

  4. caligirl9 says:

    I am curious about the research methods used in this “study.”

    How does a “scientist” logically come to the conclusion that a “fat” person’s emissions are one “tonne” more than a thin person? Lock up a fat person and measure their, ahem, emissions?

    How far will “science” go to “prove” their global warming crap? Sure, it’s preferable to be of a normal, desirable weight. First it was cows and cars, now it’s fat people to be blamed for something that nature does with no help from humans!

    This is the kind of study that would be produced at UC Bezerkley or Santa Cruz, a study looking for the results it wants and then published those results as fact. On the bright side, it wasn’t funded by OUR tax dollars.


    • proreason says:

      Cali: “I am curious about the research methods”

      I read they hooked up a hose to AlToad and measured the output of gaseous waste during 1 minute.

      Science isn’t for wimps anymore.

    • pdsand says:

      That’s what I was talking about caligirl. This is obviously junk science. Maybe a fat person at rest uses more calories than an athlete at rest, but when the skinny folks go out and run for miles then come back and eat a big dinner, they have to be eating more calories than the fat guys who just lay around. Plus the particular foods and the energy bars and supplements, and the energy gels and such that athletes eat have to take more tonnes to produce than the pizzas and chicken wings that fatties like. There are just way too many variables to account for to ever say that a fat person has more of a carbon footprint than a skinny person.

  5. JohnMG says:

    Fat people must be bad for the environment. After all, do you have any idea how many tons equals a tonne? ;-

  6. heykev says:

    Oh thanks Steve. I realize you posted an earlier article on BHO actually requesting ways we can save gov’t $$ (like that would ever happen)

    But this….providing our Taxer in Chief an additional way to tax us is just to much. I’m just wondering if he will incorporate thie tax into his new Universal Health program or Cap and Trade – I’m betting on both.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    “Cap and Trade”

    I’m translating it to “Crap and Tirade”

    Seems appropriate.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    What planet is it that they grow these scientist on…..so we can nuke it immediately!! BTW….good choice for the Fatass Rosie being the poster child.

  9. Right of the People says:

    I think I’m going to copy that picture and use it to scare away the birds from my crops. Rosie definitely emits tonnes of toxic waste. What’s next, a tax on ugly people? If that comes about, ol’ Rosie and her buddy Algore are going to be taxed out of existence.

  10. MCHammer says:

    Maybe we should launch Rosie and Michael Moore into space to help save the planet…

  11. CIV says:

    OK, so we are going to tax fat people. What about people of all sizes with GI problems? Will those suffering from Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) also be taxed more? Will Obama be taxed on the output of his dog, Bo? (And who names his dog with his initials?)

    I suppose, too, that exercise will be banned. After all, not only do athletes have to eat more, as does Mr. Phelps, but they no doubt shower more (wasted water!), use more deodorant, wear out shoes more quickly (petroleum products!), and basically are wasting time when they could be Saving the Planet or joining BO’s domestic militia.

    Oh, and to those who mentioned race, should we be promoting white skin, over black or brown skin, as it reflects all those global warming rays from the sun?

    These people are nuts.

  12. pinandpuller says:

    Two words: Rechargeable Batteries.

  13. UndercoverInLA says:

    A “scientific” argument could also probably be made that large people are also less productive on shovel-ready projects than more fit individuals. So, for the sake of the planet, and for the State, why not just….eliminate them? Then they can start whittling down the number of people with IQs high enough to question their Authority, then just Caucasians in general…Ah, Utopia.

  14. GL0120 says:

    They can have my Hostess Ho-Ho’s when they pry them from my cold, fat, dead hands!

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