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Obese More Prone to Automobiles Accidents


Obese More Prone to Automobiles Accidents

(ePharmaNews) – It makes sense that obese are more prone to diabetes, heart diseases and joint diseases, but how being obese can affect car accidents rates? The secret lies in the seat belt, say scientists.

"It's clear that not wearing a seatbelt is associated with a higher chance of death," says lead author Dietrich Jehle, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and associate medical director at Erie County Medical Center. "We hypothesized that obese drivers were less likely to wear seatbelts than their normal weight counterparts. Obese drivers may find it more difficult to buckle up a standard seatbelt."

Scientists analyzed data of 300,000 persons who were subjects for lethal automobile accidents AMA, and they found that normal-weight persons are 67% more likely to buckle their seat belts, which explains the increased mortality in obese persons.

"We found that the relationship between the amount of obesity and seatbelt use was linear; the more obese the driver, the less likely that seatbelts were used," says Jehle.

"The question is: Is there something we can do to cars to make them safer for the obese?" asks Jehle. "How can we make it more likely for people, including the overweight or obese, to wear seatbelts?" He adds that these findings also raise questions about how best to conduct crash-tests of cars. He notes that the dummies that are used in crash-tests are not obese.

The results of the current study, "Obesity and Seatbelt Use," will be presented May 10 in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.


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Prepared by: Mohammed Kanjo
Translated by: Awss Zidan


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