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Obesity Health Risk

April 30, 2012

Obesity Health Risk

One-third of Americans are obese, and we all know obese people run a greater risk of heart attack and some forms of cancer. Researchers at the University of Buffalo have found another danger. In a car crash, morbidly obese people are 56 percent more likely to die than people of normal weight. Even less-oversized obese people are 21% more likely to perish in auto accidents. Maybe that’s because many fat folks don’t buckle their seat belts.

“Deadly decision: Obese drivers are far less likely to buckle up,” press release.

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