Overweight Drivers and Passengers Die More

Samir Syed
by Samir Syed
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overweight drivers and passengers die more

As if diabetes, cardiac problems and the inability to tie one's shoes aren't enough, DAIJIWORLD (West India's gate to the rest of the World) reports that obesity increases a persons chance of fatal injury while in a car. According to a study led by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the obese tend to have a lower rate of seat belt usage– which translates directly into a higher fatality rate where accidents are concerned. The report could reignite the debate over seat belt extenders, which some manufacturers provide free of charge and some don't, for insurance reasons. (Reported by our own RF for The Detroit News/AP back in '04.) Not surprisingly, one of the sponsors of this research was State Farm. How long before we have to divulge our body-mass-index on insurance forms?

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  • Dolo54 Dolo54 on Dec 10, 2007


  • Garllo Garllo on Dec 10, 2007

    Why don't they take the money that they waste-I mean spend on these rediculous studies along with a reduction in CEO saleries and reduce rates to where they should be?

  • Starlightmica Starlightmica on Dec 10, 2007


    I used to have one with a hardtop, not anymore.

  • Yankinwaoz Yankinwaoz on Dec 10, 2007
    In the UK if a driver dies in an accident and wasn’t wearing a safety belt they reduce the payout by around 50%. Payout? What payout? Do you mean life insurance?