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Fatties Cause Global Warming

Posted by cavewomanrunner on May 27, 2009

Several news articles are putting a new spin on the causes of global warming – fat people of the world are emitting more carbon dioxide and are more likely to drive instead of walk, bike or run, which causes even more CO2.

According to Dr. Phil Edwards, “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler.”

So why aren’t more people out there protesting the obese? We protest Hummers and cows that emit too much CO2. What about humans? Or does it still boil down to people feeling it’s not PC to berate the obese? Why point fingers at ourselves and huge food industries that promote  mass quantities of nasty foods to make a buck, when we can point fingers at everything else? Why isn’t body weight part of Al Gore’s “carbon footprint”?

The even worse news? People of the world are getting even fatter. “UK health surveys estimate fatness has increased from an average body mass index of 26 to 27 in the last ten years…A staggering 40 per cent of Americans are obese, among 300 million worldwide.”

So there’s another good reason to get back to the basics – eat primal foods for fuel, not for the sake of eating. Exercise. Eat better and workout not just for your health and to look and feel better – but do it for the environment.

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5 Responses to “Fatties Cause Global Warming”

  1. Zataod said

    You bring up a good point. Our waistlines are really signs of our wasteful lifestyle.

  2. cavewomanrunner said

    Thanks for the comment, Zataod. I love your line “Our waistlines are really signs of our wasteful lifestyle” and unfortunately it’s all to true. If only people were more mindful of not only their bodies, but everything else around them.

  3. Zataod said

    Becoming a little more mindful would be a good thing on many levels. Your line, “Why isn’t body weight part of Al Gore’s “carbon footprint”?”” really resonates. It’s a blind spot in our culture.

  4. Julia said

    Found your blog through twitter…(I’m JuliaJT). I’m also a runner and I eat a gluten-free and mostly non-processed diet.

    Anyway, about your post, I completely agree. This is a very controversial opinion to have, since we are being told that no one is fat by choice…it’s all due to some disease or glandular problem. Now I know that SOME people truly do have a problem (my younger sister is one of them, diagnosed with hypothyroidism back when she was in preschool, and has been on synthroid ever since. She works out nearly as much as I do but will never be thin). However, SO many people see food as a form of entertainment, and as a reward for anything they have done during the day. Being obese is part of the entitlement feeling that so many people in our culture have. They deserve whatever they want, whenever they want. They deserve to eat a hot fudge sundae/pizza/cheeseburger everyday if they so desire.

    I seriously doubt the environment argument would have any effect on obese people’s attitude towards themselves though. People who do not care to put the effort into taking care of themselves certainly can’t be expected to care about anything else!

    • cavewomanrunner said

      Hi JuliaJT! Glad you stumbled onto my blog! How is your running and diet going? Have you been teaming them up for long?

      I completely agree with you – some people do indeed have health issues that impede them from being healthy and maintaining a good weight for their bodies. Yet, like you say, so many people feel “entitled” to eat whatever they want, whenever they want. I love the diet commercials that tell people they don’t have to change their diet at all – just take a pill and the weight will come off. Or that they can “reward” themselves for being good with ice cream, cake, and candy. Then they wonder why so many people experience “yo-yo” dieting.

      And you are spot on to say that those who don’t respect themselves cannot respect the environment or any other aspects of the world around them. It makes me wonder how we initiate change then? Encouraging one person at a time to at least try being more paleo? Fighting the mainstream media and the big bucks that come with processed foods doesn’t seem likely, unfortunately.

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