Fatal accidents more likely to affect obese drivers, research finds

December 10, 2016

The Day: Obesity carries a number of negative health effects, from heart disease to diabetes. New research from UC Berkeley says people also have a higher risk of dying from a vehicle crash as their waistline expands.

“Vehicle designers are teaching to the test, designing so that crash test dummies do well,” said Thomas Rice, a research epidemiologist at UC Berkeley. “But crash test dummies are typically normal size adults and children. They’re not designed to account for our nation’s changing body types.”

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