A study, carried out by a trio of researchers within the Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE) at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen suggests that if every obese and overweight person in the world lost 1.58 stone, the resulting drop in greenhouse emissions would be the equivalent of 0.2% of the CO2 emitted globally in 2007 (49.560Mt).
The calculation were based on a previous weight loss study that investigated the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on body weight, body composition and resting metabolic rate of obese volunteers with type 2 diabetes.
What more motivation do we need knowing, that if we all aim to become stick-thin, we will be saving the planet. Surprisingly the eco-fanatics haven't leapt upon this valuable piece of research as yet, but they will.
Mentioning this to a comfily built friend the other day, the reply was, "I'll stop eating cabbage and that'll be my contribution. Never liked it anyway." A trite response you may think but the man is a retired osteologist so he's sure to know a thing or two about human emissions.
Is it fanciful to foresee a new quango springing into the fake charity box in order to add more pressure upon the obese? Anyone seriously overweight knows the risks involved but I doubt if many will be inspired to change their eating habits by being told they can save the world. That's probably the least of their concerns.
No doubt the gut man will correct me if I'm wrong.