- - Thursday, December 25, 2014


This season the two things the nanny state fears most are global warming and obesity. However, a study published in the British Medical Journal puts panicky progressives — as liberals now want to be called — between a rock and a hard place.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia were curious about exactly where fat goes when people lose weight. Many doctors and weight loss analysts assumed the lost pounds turned into body heat, converted to muscle or leaves the body through the rear exit.

While some of the lost fat is turned into water and expelled from the body, about 85 percent of every pound shed is turned into carbon dioxide, which is then breathed out — increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Lose those pounds at your own peril.

Carbon dioxide, global warming alarmists argue, causes the Earth’s temperature to rise and will lead to the end of the world as we know it, unless drastic and costly steps are taken. But try as they might, global alarmists are having a hard time linking an increase in carbon-dioxide emissions to global temperature. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the keeper of the alarm bells, concedes that since 1998, global warming has “paused” — the average surface temperature of the Earth has leveled. During this 16-year span, carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels have risen by more than 27 percent, demolishing the theory that carbon dioxide plays a major role in climate.

Next up from the environmentalists, if the past is a reliable guide, will be some sort of “weight loss tax,” perhaps as a tax on membership dues at the gym, or an imaginative tax on vegetables and low-calorie meals. Joggers might be required to pay a per-mile fee to curb long, calorie-burning runs. Track and field events at the Olympics might have to go the way of competing in the nude, as earlier Olympians did. Something will have to be done to prevent everyone from losing weight and increasing the production of carbon dioxide.

But working to save the environment by encouraging people to hang onto their love handles and beer bellies consigns climate alarmists to the pickle barrel, especially since many of them moonlight as obesity alarmists, working as lieutenants in Michelle Obama’s war on human fat.

While the president is telling Americans that failing to “respond to the threat of climate change would betray our children and future generation,” the first lady says “the number one greatest national security threat that we have is obesity.”

Should Americans put the environment first and keep their pounds, or shed them to the harm of Mother Earth? Chilling out would make a good first start. Despite what the president says, global cooling seems to be a bigger threat than global warming, which is why the alarmists have changed the label from global warming to “climate change.” Everybody agrees that climate changes, rain today and sun tomorrow (and snow in January). There’s no clear indication that carbon-dioxide emissions are responsible for anything that happens to the environment. The first lady’s eat-your-spinach crusade might lead Americans to think otherwise, but Americans are healthier and living longer than ever.

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose a few (or more) pounds, you may want to start soon while you can still slim down without having to pay a tax for turning all that fat into carbon dioxide. Be a patriot and eat your ice cream.



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