Posted by: drwbortz | May 17, 2010

Does the obesity bulge affect the universe?

I just heard on StarDate on NPR that the diameter of our largest planet cousin Jupiter is growing because of an assortment of gravitational effects which are accumulating more debris around its midriff.

I can’t help but wonder if the same is happening here on home Earth with our collective midriffs continuing to bulge.  I wonder if it may be distorting the gravitational force of our planet.  We may no longer have a concentric circumference, but one with a lump on it.  We may no longer be a sphere at our equator, but one with a bulge around its belly.

Lets see: if there are 6 billion people on earth, 20% of whom are overweight and the average overweight is 25 pounds, this calculates out to 15,000,000 tons of extra weight due to human obesity.

What would you think of the possibility that this may be affecting galactic events?  One of my favorite sayings from the poet Francis Thompson is, “Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.”

Who knows what effect fat Earth has on the rest of the universe?

Don’t let this concern keep you awake tonight.

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