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Car crashes and obesity

world Updated: Jan 23, 2013 00:29 IST

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UK study finds obese drivers are more likely to die in car crashes than other motorists.

Heavier people are up to 80% more likely to die in an accident than drivers of a healthy weight

The study found obese people are propelled further forward during a collision as their additional soft tissue prevents the seat belt tightening against pelvis bones

Obese women were found to be at greater risk than men, with a BMI of 35 and over roughly doubling the risk of death compared with women of normal weight.

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