Blog | Monday, May 4, 2009

Medical news of the obvious


Overweight people are more likely to eat more and to opt for driving over walking, report researchers in the current issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers tie their astute observations to environmental problems -- eating and driving more contributes to greenhouse gas emissions from food production and car exhaust. Furthermore, a lot of that food is wasted and thrown into landfills where it decomposes and emits methane or is burned and produces CO2. So, being overweight hurts the entire planet. How's that for a guilt trip?

Asthma sufferers should be cautious of swine flu, according to a "Quote us, too" press release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Non-asthmatics have not been reported to be OK with getting the disease.