Airlines are now saying that it is costing the more to operate because people have gotten heavier.
Through the 1990s, the average weight of Americans increased by 10 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra weight
caused airlines to spend $275 million to burn 350 million more gallons of fuel in 2000 just to carry the additional weight of Americans, the federal agency estimated in a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
When fuel burns, or at least Carbon based fuel burns, Carbon Dioxide is released into the air:
The extra fuel burned also had an environmental impact, as an estimated 3.8
million extra tons of carbon dioxide were released into the air, according to the study.
That’s a lot of waist.
And it’s costing you in your car as well, since, as Americans, we’re driving around an extra 3 billion pounds or so every year.