Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Robert Gordon University, Scotland: Obesity causes Global Warming

But of course! Why didn't I think of that?

Researchers at the university have completed a study that addresses the link between climate change and obesity.
The academics suggest that global weight loss would result in a drop in the production of the major greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO(2)).

The study was carried out by a trio of researchers within the university's Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE). It suggests that if every obese and overweight person in the world lost 10 kilograms (or 1.58 stone), the resulting drop in greenhouse emissions would be the equivalent of 0.2% of the CO(2) emitted globally in 2007 (49.560Mt).

The calculations 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. After six months of following the diet, the volunteers' weight, fat mass, fat free mass and CO(2) production were observed.

Dr Catherine Rolland was one of the lead researchers on the study. She explains: "This decrease can be explained by the principles of respiration - the process by which organisms breathe in oxygen, which is then converted to CO(2) and then exhaled.

"CO(2) production is proportionate to body mass and heavier individuals naturally produce more than those of a healthier weight. The global obesity epidemic, therefore, has resulted in humans producing a higher volume of a major greenhouse gas."

The initial study was carried out by Phd student Ania Gryka as supervised by Dr Rolland and Professor Iain Broom, director of CORE. It was published in International Journal of Obesity on 26 July this year.

The team were inspired to investigate the link between obesity and global warming after reading a paper written by academics Ian Roberts and Robin Stott in November 2010 which put out a call for collective action from health professionals against the causes of climate change.

Dr Rolland continues: "The current climate change has been most likely caused by the increased greenhouse gas emissions, and one of the direct producers of these gases is human beings. As such, Professor Broom felt that we were in an ideal position to present our data in a way that responded to this call by Roberts and Stott.

"While the reality is that global weight loss of this magnitude is unlikely to happen anytime soon, it is clear that working towards this reduction could help meet the CO(2) emission reduction targets and be of a great benefit to global health. It also makes the point that by improving our own health we can play a part in improving the health of our planet."

The CORE team have no immediate future plans for this research, but will continue to contribute to the global understanding and management of obesity.


Since when is food illegal?

I find it shocking and appalling that the government should presume to protect me from people who are willing to sell me food. Consider this item that came in yesterday’s eMail:

“August 3, 2011 - Los Angeles, California - Public Health Officials today descended once again on a buying club, that specializes in raw foods. Club organizer, James Stewart was arrested at his home, the locks to his personal residence were changed, his papers, money and computer seized. At the same time, farmer Sharon Palmer and Weston A. Price Foundation volunteer chapter leader Victoria Bloch Coulter were arrested. All three were charged with Section 182A-Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. Bond for James Stewart was set at $123,000. Bail for Bloch is recommended at $60,000. Bail for Palmer is recommended at $121,000.”

Of all the authoritarian, unmitigated gall! Who are these public health officials who pretend to have any authority about what people sell for food? Furthermore, this family sells fresh, raw food, unpolluted with GMOs or harsh pesticides. I worked on a cattle ranch for over a year, and I know from personal experience how difficult - and unending - farm work can be. Anyone who is working that hard to provide fresh vegetables and raw milk should have a statue built in their honor… not arrested like federal criminals that are a danger to society. The only danger I see in this instance is the presumption of authority demonstrated by the arrogant government agents who dragged these people away in handcuffs. I encourage you to visit the Weston A. Price website to find out how you can help these besieged farmers.

Please do not wait until the shelves at the grocery stores are empty before you lift a finger to help. Please call the local authorities and let them know how outraged you are that this type of tyranny is happening in our country.


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