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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