January 22, 2013

You're more likely to die in a car accident if you're obese

Fact, obesity is dangerous. Not because you'll have a bazillion health problems and be taking insulin shots until you pass away but... you're more likely to die in a car accident. 

80 percent more likely.

Why do fat people in cars suddenly become a death trap? Well you see, the safety features for the car aren't exactly designed for bigger occupants. Seat belts can't tighten properly and fat people are also propelled further in the event of a crash.

Report author Dr Tom Rice of the University of California told the Daily Mail newspaper: "Findings from this study suggest that obese vehicle drivers are more likely to die from traffic collision-related injuries than non-obese occupants involved in the same collision. 

Education is needed to improve seat belt use among obese people. Clinical intervention could inform obese patients of the additional traffic injury risks and potential benefits of losing weight."

In the meantime, the AA advises drivers to adjust their seats according to their size to allow the air bag to protect them properly in the event of a crash.

(Seriously people, buy a weight loss book.)

1 comment:

  1. Who knew being overweight could put you at a greater risk in a car accident? This is just another reason to consider losing a few pounds for the new year.