Obesity has been shown to increase the risk of death in a severe car accident. The percentage increases by 21%.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Moderately and morbidly obese persons face many health issues — heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, gallbladder disease and others.
Now, increased chances of dying while driving during a severe auto accident can be added to the list.
In a severe motor vehicle crash, a moderately obese driver faces a 21 percent increased risk of death, while the morbidly obese face a 56 percent increased risk of not surviving, according to a study posted online ahead of print in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Dietrich Jehle, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and at Erie County Medical Center, is first author on… continue reading
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