Quit Feeding the Oil Companies, Beat the Obesity Epidemic

Just as ExxonMobil was announcing $10.5 billion in profits during the company's fiscal third quarter -- the second largest quarterly profit by any company ever -- came this interesting study about a means to save money at your neighborhood gasoline pump: Slow down the epidemic of obesity by losing weight!

Scientists compared the amount of gasoline burned (and, consequently, the money drained from your bank account) in developing a sad but very true correlation between it and the obesity epidemic. By the numbers:

  • Americans burn nearly 1 billion more gallons of gasoline annually than they did in 1960 due to their growing waistlines. Based on today's average gas price of $2.22, that amounts to more than $2 billion.
  • More than 39 million gallons of fuel are burned for each pound of extra weight cars carry.
  • By shedding those extra pounds to average weight levels recorded in the 1960s, America would save enough gas to fuel some 1.7 million vehicles for a year.

Sounds all too simple to believe losing those extra pounds lessens your risk of greater problems, and even death, while cutting back exponentially on those oil company profits, but it does. If you've been looking for solutions to fight obesity, you've come to the right place, as I have plenty of free tools available on my Web site to help you get started. A few of them include:

USA Today October 26, 2006

Washington Post October 26, 2006

CNNMoney.com October 26, 2006

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