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Fat people 'bad' for environment

OVERWEIGHT people eat more than thin people and are more likely to travel by car, making excess body weight doubly bad for the environment, according to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

"When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler," researchers Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts wrote in their study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

They estimated that each fat person is responsible for about one ton of carbon dioxide emissions a year more on average than a thin person. The average European accounts for 11 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.


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