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# GLOBAL WARMING IS DOWN TO WEIGHT LOSS!!!

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Quite by accident last night, whilst contemplating the meaning of life, I stumbled upon the answer to the question that is baffling scientists the world over; “What contributes most to global warming?”
Air pollution? Fossil fuel us? Disregard for the planet? Solar flares?
Nope. None of these.
Its slimmers!! All of us here and all those losing weight all over the world are responsible I reckon – I’m gonna write a paper and submit it to Mr Whoever-is-responsible-for-controlling-climate-change.
Now. Here’s the theory.
According to the BBC, on average, 55% of the world’s population are “on a diet” at any one time.
FACT. To lose one pound of weight, one must expend 3,500 calories.
FACT. A calorie is a unit of heat. The amount of heat required to raise one gram of water through one degree Celsius.
ASSUME – conservatively, that each person “on a diet” loses one pound of weight per week.
FACT: World population at last count (give or take a baby or two whilst I’m writing this – 7 Billion
THEREFORE: at any one time, according to the BBC, 3,850,000,000 people are pouring 3500 calories of heat into the upper atmosphere every week.
Now I am no chemist, scientist, or number cruncher and without my calculator (which only goes up to 9 zeros anyway) I now give up. But I know one thing for a fact –
THAT’S A HELLUVA LOAD OF HEAT GOING SKYWARDS – AND IT DOES GO SKYWARDS, COZ HEAT RISES – RIGHT?
If anyone would like to do the math, I’d like to know exactly how much heat this musing creates – Any Physicists out there who could help?
So, it’s down to us. The more heat we expend, the more weight we lose, the more the icecaps melt.
And that’s my theory anyhow :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Am I going to quit dieting and save the planet – Nah.

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Quite logical indeed. I will remember this in order to alleviate any feeling of guilt when I've had a bad day! ;-)))
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LOL!
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Only one small issue in your theory. It is NOT A FACT that a calorie is a unit of heat. In FACT, it is a unit of ENERGY; however, it takes energy to create heat, so maybe add another step to your theory. Quite logical though when ya think about it.
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Hypothalamus and convection.
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I love things that make me go hmmmm! :flowerforyou:
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So can't we lose weight by eating less calories? Wouldn't this then lower the temperature of the earth since we would have to expend less energy?

Isn't 100% of the earth on a diet? Even though what we eat varies greatly from place to place, everyone has a diet.

1 calorie = 1 degree rise in degrees C of 1 gram of water

326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water on earth= (3780g/gal)1,232,280,000,000,000,000,000,000 grams of water on earth, or,

1.23228*10^24 grams of water on earth

3,850,000,000 people are pouring 3500 calories of heat into the upper atmosphere every week

3.85*10^9 burning 3.5*10^3 cals/week= 1.337*10^13 calories/week

1.337*10^13 calories/week / 1.23228*10^24 grams of water on earth/1.23228*10^24 grams of water on earth=
1.08498*10^-11 rise in water temps degrees celsius/week, or,

0.0000000000108498 rise in water temps degrees celsius/week

1 degree celsius/ 0.0000000000108498=92,167,597,559 weeks to raise the earths water by 1 degree celsius

now someone smart can correct my terrible science and math :laugh:
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So can't we lose weight by eating less calories? Wouldn't this then lower the temperature of the earth since we would have to expend less energy?

Isn't 100% of the earth on a diet? Even though what we eat varies greatly from place to place, everyone has a diet.

1 calorie = 1 degree rise in degrees C of 1 gram of water

326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water on earth= (3780g/gal)1,232,280,000,000,000,000,000,000 grams of water on earth, or,

1.23228*10^24 grams of water on earth

3,850,000,000 people are pouring 3500 calories of heat into the upper atmosphere every week

3.85*10^9 burning 3.5*10^3 cals/week= 1.337*10^13 calories/week

1.337*10^13 calories/week / 1.23228*10^24 grams of water on earth/1.23228*10^24 grams of water on earth=
1.08498*10^-11 rise in water temps degrees celsius/week, or,

0.0000000000108498 rise in water temps degrees celsius/week

1 degree celsius/ 0.0000000000108498=92,167,597,559 weeks to raise the earths water by 1 degree celsius

now someone smart can correct my terrible science and math :laugh:

A scientist!! Whooppeee!!
Thanks for that. Now excuse me while I get my calculator and take a week off to work it out!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: