Study: Car crashes more likely to be fatal for obese drivers

By WEEK Reporter
By NBC News

Study: Car crashes more likely to be fatal for obese drivers

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- A new study shows that car crashes are more likely to be fatal for obese drivers, NBC News reports.

A study published Monday in the Emergency Medical Journal shows that drivers with a body mass index between 30 and 35 were 20 percent more likely to die in car accidents.

People with a body mass index of 40 or above are 80 percent more likely to die in car accidents.

The results stayed the same even after researchers accounted for other factors that could increase the risk of death in a car crash, such as age, alcohol use, seat belt use, and whether or not the air bag deployed.

The rest of the story about this study can be read HERE.

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