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Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study finds obese men are at greater risk in car accidents

April 15, 2010 - A new study from the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee found obese male drivers have a higher risk of injuries (and more serious injuries, at that) to the face, head, chest, and spine. Drivers who were overweight but not obese had a lower risk of injury, and women suffered more injuries in the abdominal area.

The study was published in The Public Library of Science Medicine and concluded the "higher risk may be attributed to differences in body shape, fat distribution, and center of gravity between obese and normal-weight subjects, and between men and women." Researchers used so-called fat crash-test dummies to simulate the ever-growing American public. According to the American Obesity Association, "approximately 127 million adults in the U.S. are overweight, 60 million obese, and 9 million severely obese."




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