Turns out we can't blame the Arabs for fuel shortages and rising prices at the gas pumps. It's all those Big Macs and Super-Sized Fries.
According to a new study in the October-December issue of The Engineering Economist (one of my favorite reads when I'm not sticking pins in my eyes,) Americans are now pumping 938 million gallons of fuel more annually than they were in 1960 as a direct result of their big fat asses. According to the researchers, with gas prices averaging $3 a gallon, the tab for overweight people in a vehicle amounts to $7.7 million a day, or $2.8 billion a year. The numbers are added costs linked directly to the extra drain of body weight on fuel economy.
Apparently if we all went on a diet and brought the national average back down to 1960 levels, we would save nearly 1 billion gallons of gasoline each year.
Think about it. If not for McDonald's, we wouldn't have needed to invade Iraq.