If fat people would eat less and walk more instead of driving, the world problems of high food and oil prices could be alleviated.
Sadly this naive conclusion is not the product of some troll on a random internet forum but is in fact the summary of correspondence published in The Lancet.
It is also argued that since the mass of the obese population is greater than a normal population, more transportation fuel energy is required to transport the obese. This is only likely to worsen since obese people will choose to walk less and drive more in response to their increased body mass.
There is little point in addressing such a proposal which is essentially the application bad medicine to a misunderstood matter of economics. The authors betray both a lack of insight into the nature of obesity as well as global market forces.
The greatest gains, they say, would not be through a general decline in car use, but through a reduction in the excess food and car use demands that come from the obese portion of the population.
Without really wanting to “go there” it might be worth pointing these people to studies which suggest that it takes far more food calories than petro-carbon calories to move a body… so the economies they are expecting might just not work out.
But that’s not really in the spirit of what they are saying… which is effecitvely “these people are getting more than their fair share of food and oil to haul their fat asses about. If only we could trim them down then the world is saved.”
The obese population, therefore, requires more than 18% more food energy than a normal population.
The sad part is that this kind of thinking is mainstream and it’s what many people face when they go to their doctor for advice on weight management.
Start walking and don’t eat so damn much. And by the way, your fat is making it rather expensive to run the Benz.
Psst. Perhaps fat people are responsible for global warming too… it’s those thighs… and all that friction.