An American doctoral student has found that there may be a silver lining when it comes to higher petrol prices – they might help people lose weight. Perhaps this is the policy solution to fighting climate change *and* obesity? 😉
Courtemanche’s study found that a US$1 rise in gas prices could reduce obesity by about 15 per cent after three years. According to his research, that could save 16,000 lives and as much as US$17 billion in health costs every year.