• Feb 12th 2010 at 1:59PM
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There aren't a lot of positives about being overweight, but a study by the University of Michigan shows that there could be one reason for the chunky among us to celebrate. U of M studied 300,000 traffic fatalities obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 1998 and 2008, and it has reportedly found that overweight people had a 22 percent lower fatality rate than underweight people. However, the story changes for the worse if you're a man with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 to 50 and you are not wearing a safety belt. The study shows that obese men are 10 percent more likely to die in an accident if they don't buckle up.

There was reportedly no statistical evidence that showed that females were affected by their weight in a crash. Unfortunately, there was evidence that women were 1.1 times as likely to die in a car crash then were men. And everyone is safer when buckled up, as evidenced by the not-so-surprising observation that those who do not fasten their safety belts are 2.1 times more likely to die in a car accident. U of M says that the study does show that the large mass of some men shows that airbags and seat belts may need to be redesigned in the future because their larger size could possibly be overwhelming the safety equipment. Maybe we won't have that extra pastrami on rye after all.

[Source: AnnArbor.com | Image: Lili Nelson]

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      HAHAHA.!!! I dare any car company to make this mobile! This is freaking NICE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Paint it dark brown and I would drive that everywhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "U of M says that the study does show that the large mass of some men shows that airbags and seat belts may need to be redesigned in the future because their larger size could possibly be overwhelming the safety equipment."

      Ahem, if you're so big that you're overwhelming a seatbelt and airbag, your life expectancy is already seriously shortened. Perhaps what needs to be redesigned are the men so large that they can't be constrained by modern day restraints...
      Clyde Batter
      • 5 Years Ago

      okay, Bob-omb . . . it looks like a Tennessee woman!

      or any woman at a Walmart for that matter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats fat volvo! more cushion for the pushin...
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        From the glass, it looks like a VW.

        Anybody confirm the donor?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd pimp that.
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        I'm neither fat nor middle aged.

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        'Course you would, fatty.

        Question: Young people, who are statistically more aggressive and tend to crash at many times the rate of middle-aged people, tend also to be thinner too, don't they?

        I've got big doubts about this analysis. Particularly given that heavier people suffer far more in high-G accidents, as in a (4G accident) a 150 pound person would endure 600 pounds of pressure whereas a 250 pound person would suffer 1000 pounds. Not a scientific comparison but there are huge differences in the forces people endure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The fact that they're more likely to survive isn't just related to the actual impact-although it is true that very thin people have less cushioning for their organs-which was why Niki Taylor had such serious injuries from an otherwise unimpressive accident.
        But the real benefit from survival comes from having extra reserves of muscle and fat to help you survive your hospital stay and surgeries and that sort of thing-being injured requires a ton of energy to recover from and it's one of the few times where having a bit more flesh helps.
        However like mentioned this benefit is really enough from being somewhat overweight. People who are slightly overweight tend to live the longest because they can survive hospital stays and injuries better, but being obese entirely counteracts this positive benefit. So if you're fatter than most people around you and you happen to live in the U.S., the chances are that you're obese and not just overweight. In fact, the people who actually survive the best would probably be considered "normal."
        Also it's probably best to be overweight in the sense that you're mostly normal weight but have more muscle than the normal person-muscle that'll protect your organs during impacts, etc.
      Clyde Batter
      • 5 Years Ago

      It looks like almost any woman from Iowa or Indiana!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Clyde Batter
        States with highest obesity rates:

        West Virginia
        South Carolina
        North Carolina
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh yeah baby, life in the fat lane!
      • 5 Years Ago
      good idea.
      and most effective and cheapest way of safety.
      However, it looks ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd love to know more about the car in the picture.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota's temporary fix.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the Michelin Man crapped his pants really bad.
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