I saw a sig this morning, "My grandmother used anecdotal evidence all the time, and she lived to be 120 years old."
While I was metamoderating this morning, one of the comments was attached to Fat People Cause Global Warming, Higher Food Prices.
A few thoughts came to mind. Now, I'm a skinny nerd, have been skinny most of my life. I gained forty pounds after my divorce when the doctor put me on Paxil, but when I stopped taking the Paxil I started losing again. The Paxil made me normal weight - 165 pounds on a five foot nine inch frame.
Yesterday in my office I froze my ass off. The fatsos I work with have the air conditioning cranked up to "polar". I had my space heater running until it warmed up outside enough to shut the heater off and open the window.
So us skinny people contribute, too. We don't have our air turned up as high, but skinny people are as averse to cold as fat people are to heat. We keep the heat higher in the winter than fat people. Old people have theirs turned up even higher; it's hard for me to visit my WWII Veteran friend Ralph in the winter because his house is always sweltering.
TFA (actually some lame blog) claims that fat people are causing food shortages. This is simply incorrect. Fat people aren't fat because of the quantity of food they consume, it's mostly the quality of the food they consume. Here in the US, poor people are usually fat, and the reasons are many and varied.
Healthy food costs more than fattening food. Potatos are dirt cheap. Hamburger is the cheapest meat you can buy. The average poor person's diet is fattening because they can't afford healthy food.
And in the poor neighborhoods, there are no supermarkets. Lots of Burger Kings and Kwiki-Marts, with their stock of overpriced junk foods, but the Krogers are all in the neighborhoods where people can afford to spend lots of money. The poor folks often don't have cars, so you might think it would be to a grocery's advantage to put stores in the 'hood where poor people can walk and rich people can drive - but the affluent are pussies who are terrified of poor people and would rather starve than drive through a ghetto neighborhood, even with the doors locked.
It also doen't take varied metabolism into consideration. Tami's fat, and when we eat out she usually takes half her meal home in a takeout box, while I finish mine. My skinniness is due to an overactive metabolism, while her obesity is due to an underactive one. I probably get less exersize than her, so it's not due to laziness.
Her friend Jennifer is twice as fat as Tami, and tall as well. Tami says Jennifer eats less than she does.
TFA also doesn't take height into account. A seven foot tall guy is going to need a lot more food than the four foot seven inch Tami. What's more, her weight is no more her fault than a tall guy's height; nobody gets to choose their metabolism.
I'll tell you who is responsible for obesity - the multinational corporations like ADM (headquartered about forty miles from here). High fructose corn syrup should NOT be in anything but soft drinks and deserts, but the fattening stuff is in about everything. So is monosodium glutimate, a drug that tricks the brain into thinking food tases better than it actually does. The better food tastes, the more you'll eat.
TFA claims that greenhouse emmissions are higher due to fatasses hauling their huge carcasses around, but I see no difference in my car's gas mileage with two fat passengers than I do driving by myself. I guess it could be argued that fatsos need those giant SUVs (21st century station wagons), but the argument would be specious. Fatsos tell me my Concorde is comfortable, and it gets thirty miles per gallon on the highway.
So lay off the fat people. Especially the ones without money.