Losing Weight Helps the Environment

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cars in trafficHappy Earth Day! As if we needed more reasons to be healthy, research suggests that the less we weigh, the more money we save at the pump, which in turn helps the environment. In my quest to find more ways in which we can improve our health while helping the planet I came across an interesting statistic: Each extra pound of body weight in all of today’s vehicles results in the need for more than 39 million gallons of extra gasoline usage each year.

 

The stat comes from a study reported in 2006 by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Commonwealth University. The research also showed that Americans are now pumping 938 million gallons of fuel more annually than they were in 1960 as a result of extra weight in vehicles. On insurance provider Allstate's website, losing excess weight is listed as one of the ways to increase fuel efficiency and use less gas.

 

What's your biggest motivation to lose weight? Is it the environment?


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