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Obesity affects the health of the planet, more carbon dioxide because of the excess weight
the ROME - The obesity also weighs on the health of the Planet, there is little to do: to be burdened by extra pounds is equivalent to producing a greater quantity of CO2 emissions due to the metabolic processes of the body (more ponderous in individuals overweight and obese), both via the excess of food consumed by those who suffer from obesity. This is what emerges from a study published in the journal of Obesity: global obesity contributes to an excess of 700 mega-tonnes (one mega tonne is one billion kilos) of CO2 emissions a year, equivalent to around 1.6% of all emissions produced by human activities.

The study was conducted by experts from the University of Copenhagen, of the state of Alabama and the university of Auckland in New Zealand, however, point out: these data must not lead to the stigmatization of excess weight. People who suffer from obesity, are already victims of discrimination, and several studies have documented the existence of different stereotypes. "This study shows that we pay a high price for the difficulty of access to care for obesity - supports Ted Kyle , founder of ConscienHealth. Not only the problem that afflicts the obese patients, but the excess weight is not cared for can also contribute to environmental problems".

The research was carried out by calculating the emissions produced by a individuals obese compared to individuals of normal weight: the experts have taken account of the surplus of the emissions linked to the most ponderous metabolic processes of people living with extra pounds, the emissions due to the production and consumption of the excess food eaten by these people, and, finally, the related emissions to the greatest amount of fuel for their journeys.

The researchers saw that compared to an individual of normal weight, an obese each year produces 81 kg extra CO2 emissions to support his elevated metabolism, 593 kg extra year of emissions linked to higher consumption of food and beverages, 476 kg extra year of emissions for journeys by car and air. Overall, obesity was associated with a 20% more greenhouse gas emissions when compared with emissions from normal-weight people. According to the authors, this study offers one more reason to develop, finance and implement preventative and therapeutic strategies in the fight against obesity: the advantage beyond that in terms of health and savings on health care costs would be for the environment.

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