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Silver Lining of High Gas Prices: Smaller Waist Lines

I don't know about you, whenever I go to fill up my car with gas these days, I get mad because the cost of gas is so high and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. I always say, nothing good can come out of this. Until now...

Leave it to science to find a silver lining to the ridiculously high gas prices. However, new findings are claiming that an increase of an additional $1 per gallon in gasoline prices will reduce U.S. obesity by 15 percent after five years. How so, you ask? Well the sky rocketing gas prices may reduce obesity by leading us to walk, bike or take public transportation (more walking) instead of driving. Furthermore, it may lead us to eat leaner at home instead of rich food at restaurants.

Interesting concept and one that I'm actually buying. I have always been a major proponent of walking, biking and taking public transportation for more reasons than just the high gas prices (more exercise during the day, better for the environment, etc.). Plus at the rate gas seems to be rising, it looks like obesity should be reduced way more than 15 percent in my town.

Think about it; how many times have you said, "Maybe I should just walk," after glancing at the per gallon price tag of gasoline? So maybe next time you really should just walk.


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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i hope that there is a decrease in obesity! that would be great!
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