Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:00 PM
Redfairen (1,276 posts)
Study: Obese drivers more likely to die in crashes
Source: USA Today
Obese drivers are more likely to die in collisions than people of normal weight, a new study has found.
The risk of death increased the more obese the driver was, according to the study released online Monday in the BMJ Group's Emergency Medicine Journal.
The study's authors pointed to previous research that showed that an obese driver's lower body is propelled farther upon impact before a seat belt engages the pelvis. The driver's additional tissue prevents the belt from fitting snugly, but the upper body is held back.
The authors suggest that while obese people may have underlying health problems, vehicle design may need to change to provide better protection.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/21/obese-drivers-death-risk/1846475/
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Study: Obese drivers more likely to die in crashes (Original post)
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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #5)
Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:54 PM
kentauros (24,887 posts)
7. Of course, the real solution to all of our traffic safety problems
is to design the cars to drive us, instead of what we have now. The iProduct generations would love that, and let the rest of us that know how to be attentive never have to worry about their lack of driving skills.
And it would solve the vehicle-safety problems for those of us of a less than ideal weight
Response to Redfairen (Original post)
Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:24 PM
McCamy Taylor (14,406 posts)
9. Obesity is linked to sleep apnea. Are we sure the accidents weren't worse?
I.e. no effort to apply the brakes before rear ending the car ahead, no attempt to get a car veering off the road back in its lane.
A study like this just reminds us that association is not causality.
Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #9)
Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:27 AM
cstanleytech (6,569 posts)
14. Well the article clearly said
"The study's authors pointed to previous research that showed that an obese driver's lower body is propelled farther upon impact before a seat belt engages the pelvis. The driver's additional tissue prevents the belt from fitting snugly, but the upper body is held back."
So no, I think this is an area where science is showing something and it will take something based on science to disprove it.