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Will I weigh less if I move to the equator?

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A handy suggestion for the diet and exercise shy!

Asked by: Chris Bryson, Brixham


As our planet bulges at the equator, its gravitational pull there is lower than in the UK. Better still, the effect of the spin of the Earth at the equator also helps offset the force of gravity.

The bad news is that even the combined effect would reduce your weight by less than 1 per cent – so it’s probably easier, all told, just to cut back on the beer and pies.


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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.


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