Obese drivers 80% more likely to die in a crash
Obese drivers are more likely to die in car crashes than other motorists, new research reveals.
According to a study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, heavier people are up to 80% more likely to die in an accident than drivers of a healthy weight.
And the risk doubles for obese women, scientists have warned.
Researchers discovered that fat people are propelled further forward during a crash because their extra soft tissue prevents the seat belt tightening properly.
A person is considered obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. A BMI of 35 and over is deemed morbidly or severely obese, while a BMI of 45 plus is considered super obese.
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