Eat Less, Help the Environment

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July 11th, 2008

Continuing with the theme of helping the environment while being healthy, here's another thing you can do: eat less. On average, Americans eat more than 3,500 calories per day (if that wasn't enough, we also waste a good amount of it).

I'm pretty sure that most Americans don't need that much energy because most of us aren't bodybuilders or have very labor intensive jobs. On the contrary, most of us don't exercise and we sit behind a desk all day long which unfortunately doesn't burn too many calories. So what does this have to do with the environment? Food takes a lot of energy to grow and transport.

If we could decrease that average to around 2,500 calories per day, we would be able to grow about 28% less food. That would make a huge dent in the amount of fossil fuel we burned. How is it healthy? If you eat too much, you get fat. When you get fat, you are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. So by eating less, you'll be healthier and more environmentally friendly.