The total additional klimaudledning from overweight is equivalent to the emissions of Mexico and Canada combined.
obese people emit a ton of CO2 more per year than normal-weight.
It concludes a new report from the University of Copenhagen, denmark, writes Politiken.
In the new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen, calculated how much more the planet's 600 million obese citizens impacts the climate in comparison with normal-weight.
the Researchers behind are worried that the results "stigmatizes overweight more," says the head of department Arne Astrup.
- I'm concerned about how it can be interpreted in some media and on social media, where you often see very stigmatizing statements about overweight people.
- But, conversely, it can never be a goal to keep the results secret. The task is to make sure that it doesn't become misinterpreted or distorted to some conclusions, we can't vouch for, he says to Politiken.
The more CO2 emissions from obese come mainly from, they eat more food, derive more from their transport and even exhale more CO2 than they are overweight.
Severe obesity is defined as a BMI of more than 30. For example, a man of normal height who weighs over 100 pounds, or a woman of normal height who weighs over 85 kilos.
According to the report equal the total additional klimaudledning from overweight to 1.6 percent of the planet's emissions. It is the same as the emissions from Mexico and Canada combined.
It must be an input to the policy makers who must take decisions about, for example, taxes on fattening foods.
The new knowledge puts the emphasis on a climate-friendly diet should be a diet, you can keep the weight on.
Professor in the food production Jørgen Eivind Olesen from Aarhus University have looked at the figures for how much overweight derives more from their madforbrug.
He estimates that the calculations look correct. But in return, it is a bit simplistic, he thinks.
- It is not enough to look at how to live in it day to day, but also how a lifetime is.
And now, if you take overweight, so is their life expectancy the probably lower than that of so many others, says Jørgen Eivind Olesen to Ritzau.
He points out that the view angle is therefore just as well may be that severe obesity saves the climate, because people are living longer, strain it over a longer period of time.
- So this is really, really hard to make up for how some sections of the population in a decent way. Therefore, there is the risk of hang groups out there, without this necessarily is correct, he says.
/ritzau/Updated Date: 20 December 2019, 22:00