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Tuesday, January 29th 2013

More Implications For Health In Obesity

Obesity is a relative risk for death in a motor vehicle accident. A matched cohort retrospective review from NHTSA FARS database was published in the Emergency Medicine Journal recently. In summary,

Its findings show those who were most obese, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or over, were 80% more likely to die in an accident than drivers of a healthy weight.

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The research, published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, found that fat people are propelled further forward during a collision because their additional soft tissue prevents the seat belt tightening immediately against their pelvic bones.

As if some needed more data as encouragement to maintain a healthy weight.

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