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That pesky obesity thing. First it forced Disneyland to increase the sizes of its theme-park

costumes, and hospitals to buy larger hoists and beds. Now, in a letter published Friday

in the medical journal Lancet, two scientists write that obese people are disproportionately

responsible for high food prices and greenhouse gas emissions because they consume

18% more food energy due to their greater body mass -- and require increased quantities

of fuel to transport themselves and the food they eat.

"Promotion of a normal distribution of BMI would reduce the global demand for, and thus

the price of, food," write the authors, Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the evocatively

named London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

We don't imagine Edwards and Roberts wrote their letter to be mean -- their point seems

to be that it would be good for various reasons if urban policies worked to promote biking

and walking -- and we haven't yet heard of mobs with torches roving the streets in search

of those with BMIs of 30 or above. Nonetheless, Yale University has been quick with a news

release urging "caution on obesity and climate change link."

Declares Kelly Brownell, director of the university's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity,

"Saying that obese people are contributing to climate change is highly stigmatizing and

assigns blame to the individuals who are obese rather than the conditions driving the

obesity in the first place." Things, he says, like junk food marketing aimed at children,

the demise of P.E. programs, behemoth portions offered up in restaurants, more.

I guess, too, we could always point a finger at those lean people we all know who have

such high, wasteful metabolisms they can eat what they want, lift not a finger yet stay

skinny as a rake. And how can I defend a friend of mine who consumes thousands of

calories so he can get on his bicycle and go for 100-mile rides -- only to end up at the

very same place he started from, only hungrier? (And by the way, he drives a car --

five miles -- to work.)

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My favorite part was the fact that they burn more fuel when they fly from place to place or drive a car. So a fat person in a Prius is worse than a skinny guy in a beamer. Ok.. whatever. I think fat people should be thinner for their own good but lets not legislate this like we did smoking. Lets pick on something a tad more beneficial to society at large. Take your pick. Heated driveways anyone?


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I agree charles! let's send them all to an island like austrlia

Or the UK :whistle:

well there's already a lot of fat bastards there anyways :P


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Why you are fat

1) Ever since you read an article on the internet on tips to lose weight, you've started walking 2 flights of stairs to get to work instead of taking the elevator. Unfortunately, that is the only excersize you get all day.

2) For lunch you grab a Big Mac, Supersized Fries and another Big Mac on the side. It's ok though, you wash everything down with a Diet Coke.

3) You've bought the Magic Bullet and make a pretty mean Pizza, Milk and Fruit Smoothie.

4) On of your friends dared you to ride everywhere in a power scooter for a day. That was 4 years ago and you still are riding in a power scooter.

5) You tell people that you aren't fat....you're "big boned" or "it's glandular" or you're "pregnant". Denial is a terrible thing.

6) You were supposed to go to your grandma's funeral/court date/child's birth but ended up at a buffet instead. It was ok though, because in your mind a buffet is always the right place to be.

7) You keep telling yourself, "Why do I need a girlfriend? I can play with my own awesome tits."

8) A basket of 50 hot wings....that's just getting you warmed up.

9) Every meal you eat can and is eaten with a dip on the side.

If any of these situations applies to you, it's time to settle down or else you may find yourself on a TLC special.

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My favorite part was the fact that they burn more fuel when they fly from place to place or drive a car. So a fat person in a Prius is worse than a skinny guy in a beamer. Ok.. whatever. I think fat people should be thinner for their own good but lets not legislate this like we did smoking. Lets pick on something a tad more beneficial to society at large. Take your pick. Heated driveways anyone?

A fat guy won't fit in a Prius - he'll need a Chevy Tahoe or Suburban :P


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Blame the fast food outlets for people being overweight. Supersize anyone??? :whistle:

Blaming someone else seems to be the 21st century norm. The decision to buy super size rests on us and not anyone else.


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