And if you were to add us all up, we'd weigh more than eight million tractor trailers put together.
All told, the world's population clocks in at 287 million metric tons (or 316 million Imperial tons). By comparison, a fully loaded tractor trailer in the United States weighs around 36 metric tons, meaning you'd need to stack almost 8 million of them on top of each other to reach the same weight. And all that body mass is taking a toll on the earth's available resources, the scientists say.
North Americans account for an astonishing share of the world's body mass -- 34 percent, to be exact, despite making up only 6 percent of the world's population. In Asia, you get the opposite picture: the continent supports a majority of the world's population -- 61 percent -- yet is responsible for just 13 percent of global human biomass.
Of course, those numbers mask deep inequalities in global access to nutrition. Inhabitants of developed countries are the most well-fed, and are the best equipped to pay for food. Meanwhile, much of the developing world remains undernourished, and as nutrition improves, we can only expect pressure on the world's food supply to grow.