Fatties cause global warming!?!

art_obesityAccording to the British Tabloid Newspaper The Sun … the rising number of “fat” people is blamed for global warming. “Scientists warned that the increase in big-eaters means more food production — a major cause of CO2 gas emissions warming the planet,” says Ben Jackson, Environment Editor for the paper. He adds that, “The environmental impact of fat humans is made even worse because they are more likely to travel by car — another major cause of carbon emissions.”

I have to say that although I don’t think “fatties” are soely to blame for global warming I do agree with the statement about over-consumption by the wealthy countries. I also know that health insurance rates have gone up because of the rise in Type 2 Diabetes and other health issues related to obesity. According to the article, “a staggering 40 per cent of Americans are obese, among 300 million worldwide.” A January article on MSNBC discussed the latest statistics show that more americans are obese than merely overweight. Over a third of adults are suffering from a staggering number of health issues all because they struggle with food-addiction.

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What really worries me is that, “the CDC reported that 32 percent of U.S. children fit the definition of being overweight, 16 percent were obese and 11 percent were extremely obese.” This is appalling! What are we doing to not only ourselves but our children? Has the laziness gotten so out of hand that we can’t take the 5 minutes necessary to pack our children a healthy lunch but instead allow them to consume daily “chicken nuggets” and fries and no fruits or vegetables? How about this quote from the World Health Organization, “For every four adults in the world who are malnourished five more are overweight, 30 percent of them clinically obese.” How sad is that?

It’s one thing to have a rather healthy and active child that eats the “chicken nuggets” and hot dogs once in a while but it is a completely different story to feed your child pancakes each morning and allow them to have soda each day. A friend of mine recently told me that this child in her school brings in a 2 liter of soda to drink throughout the day. What is going on here? What can we do about this? I recently posted two very important videos about educating ourselves and our children on healthy eating habits. I would LOVE to know what you have to say about all this. I’m adding a little disclaimer that although lifestyle diseases are worrisome to me and although I feel like it isn’t fair for me to have an increase in health insurance costs because other people don’t take care of themselves … by no means do I not realize that many people suffer from food addiction, that it is very real, and very difficult to overcome. PLEASE comment and please be kind to each other. I can’t wait to hear from you!fig6

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9 thoughts on “Fatties cause global warming!?!

  1. I’m chubby and found it a bit humorous…the global warming part at least.

    My hubby and I have started to change our eating habits and lifestyle (more exercise and activity) b/c we hope that our son never has to struggle with weight like we have. This lifestyle change has been so much easier knowing that I’m doing it for my son. And, he does like his hotdogs and nuggets but loves fruit, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes too. And we go outside to play after dinner for an hour or so. Little things that all parents could do to promote good habits for their kids.

  2. thanks for this report, caron! i think that the author was obviously trying to be controversial with his title but the issue remains the same – that wealthy nations consume more food than poorer nations and the processing of this food negatively affects the environment. i try to be green whenever i can – bringing my own shopping bags etc -but i know that i personally buy more food than i eat (my pantry is stocked!) and letting fresh produce go bad without thinking much of people who don’t have this luxury. it’s something we all need to work on so thanks for giving us a kick in the butt!

  3. Caron, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. :)) This is my first visit to yours… great topics…I look forward to reading more.

    Obesity is such an issue in our country. Growing up in Mississippi, a state I love dearly, it saddens me that it is ranked #1 in obesity.

    Thanks again for the comment. …susan

  4. hi caron – the article is correct. in this country we overdo everything! – we are excessive in our eating, shopping, spending, etc. and as a result, we are now reaping what we have sown. growing up in a household of 4 kids and two adults, and only one income coming in, we practiced moderation and conservationand still enjoyed every moment. I have tried to instill this practice into my own children and household – shortened showers, lights off in rooms not attended and serve yourself only what you intend to eat. let’s all make an effort in all areas. thanks for sharing.

  5. A 2 liter at school?? I can’t imagine sending that with my child.

    The kids at my son’s school all seem to have very healthy lunches. I do have a friend who let’s her kid drink soda all the time and junk. One little 3 year old at my daughter’s preschool is always eating Twizzlers for breakfast! I just don’t get that? I spend more time trying to get my kids to eat healthier than they actually do eating the stuff. It’s harder on parents, but it’s necessary.

  6. While I’m not surprised about the topic in general, the statistic about “a staggering 40 per cent of Americans are obese, among 300 million worldwide” is just insane. The two videos from TED were quite informative and made me realize just how much over-eating of meat we do. I’ve always leaned heavily towards poultry over beef and pork, but I realized I should cut meat down a bit in total as well. I certainly will not let my children become obesity statistics.

    By the way, the TED site has lots of other cool videos like the 6th Sense one in the Technology section – I’d watched stuff on there before your post but hadn’t seen those 2 until you mentioned them.

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