Why overeating is an ecological nightmare

A new research article states that the obesity epidemic is affecting more than just waistlines.

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  • While the cost of food waste is high, the environmental impact of obesity is even higher.
  • According to researchers in Italy, obesity results in an extra 140 billion tons of food consumption every year.
  • Obesity costs Americans $1.72 trillion in healthcare costs and is now the leading cause of death.
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Why synthetic chemicals seem more toxic than natural ones

Some pesticides are about as toxic as table salt.

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Many people believe that chemicals, particularly the man-made ones, are highly dangerous.

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California bill to ban single-use plastic by 2030 failed to pass

After China stopped accepting recylables, California was put in a tough place.

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  • California attempted to ban single use plastics by 2030.
  • The bill couldn't pass through the necessary channels and was stopped by industry lobbyists.
  • Microplastics and plastic pollution in general are becoming increasingly more detrimental to the environment.
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Juul illegally marketed e-cigarettes, F.D.A. says

One Juul representative told high-school students that Juul products were "99% safer than cigarettes," according to congressional testimony.

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  • The F.D.A. submitted a warning letter to Juul Labs on Monday, requiring the company to correct its claims about its products.
  • The move comes amid a surge in vaping-related hospitalizations, though Juul products haven't been specifically implicated in the more than 450 hospitalizations and five deaths.
  • It's still unclear whether e-cigarettes are indeed a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.
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Obesity is the leading cause of death in America. When will we talk about it?

Bill Maher called for fat shaming last week. His argument makes sense.

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  • As the NY Times reports, obesity is the leading cause of death in America, costing the health care system $1.72 trillion.
  • Bill Maher called for fat shaming as a means of transforming the lethargic mindset about obesity.
  • When implemented properly, shame can be an important and powerful tool, writes NYU professor Jennifer Jacquet.
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