01/23/2013

Car crashes more deadly for obese drivers

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There’s yet another way obesity is harmful to your health. A new report in Emergency Medicine Journal has found that obese people are more likely to die in car accidents than normal weight people. Those with Body Mass Index (BMI) rates between 30 and 35 were 20 percent more likely to die when involved in an auto accident than normal weight individuals; people with BMIs over 40 were 80 percent more likely to die in a crash.

Of course, there are numerous factors that could affect what happens in a car accident. However, this study observed data of 3,400 pairs of drivers (one from each vehicle) from 1996 to 2008, and only considered similar-sized cars, yet still found a correlation between obesity and accident fatalities.

One theory is that seatbelts did not engage as quickly in obese individuals, as excessive soft tissue in the abdomen prevented the seatbelt from fitting snuggly around the pelvis, as designed.

Sourced from: Car Crashes More Deadly for Obese Drivers, Live Science