Obesity\'s effect on energy
7 Healthcast: Obesity's effect on energy
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions. This prompted researchers to ask the question, “What if every country in the world was as heavy as ours?”
If the world had the same level of obesity as the U.S. it would be like adding a billion people to the population. That is nearly the size of China or India. The results were part of a study that used height and weight to calculate the body mass index of people in different countries, and the U.S. topped the list. The average global weight is 137 pounds, whereas the average weight in North America is 178 pounds. Obesity means more weight on energy.
Dr. Richard N. Bergman, a diabetes and obesity researcher said, “If you think of three thin people in a room, they use a certain amount of energy. If one of them is obese, it’s the same as having four people.
That means that the extra person in the room translates to a requirement for more energy to make more food and transport to the food. It creates more trash and other consequences, according to Dr. Bergman. Many of the most obese countries, the U.S., Kuwait and Egypt, rely on cars to move around. But bigger isn't necessarily fatter or more obese.
Exact measurements of obesity are part of Dr. Bergman’s research.
He said, “Bottom line, people should limit drive-bies to the fast-food restaurants and drinking sugary drinks. Dr. Bergman said that more legislation, like the city council demands to ban sodas in New York, could be in our immediate future.
“People become more and more ill and diabetes goes up and the health care costs go up, I believe it will be successful.”