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Most crash tests simulate normal-size drivers, yet two thirds of Americans are overweight, with roughly a third of Americans being classified as obese. A new study finds that obese males are at higher risk of injury during accidents.  (Source: Rutgers)
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America has a big problem.  The problem is that many Americans are too large.  

In 2009, 30 percent of children were overweight in 30 states.  Adult obesity rates are similar, with most states having a 25 percent or more adult obesity rate.  And obesity in America continues to rise; last year obesity rates did not decrease in a single state, but increased in 20 states.

Obesity can cause plenty of health issues -- heart disease, Type II diabetes, depression, impotence, and cancer.  Now researchers have discovered another danger of being overweight -- car accidents.

According to the study obese men were more likely to suffer severe injuries to the upper body during a car accident than slightly overweight and normal weight adult males.  The trend was not replicated in adult women.

The study was performed using at the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsinin Milwaukee using cutting edge simulations.  It may prove a pivotal work, as currently most crash tests use normal weight dummies -- a model that seems impractical for a large portion of the American population. 

By contrast the researchers' computer models created "fat" dummies.  The results seem accurate, based on comparison with real world data on head on collisions from the federal National Automotive Sampling System.  The data shows that obese men are indeed at greater risk of suffering serious head, face, chest and spine injuries.  Interestingly, the data indicates that slightly overweight (not obese) people suffer a lower rate of injury.  Injuries in women don't clearly correlate with weight, but overall women are at greater risk of abdominal injury.

Interestingly those numbers -- and the simulation -- indicate that the approximately 33 percent of American drivers who are mildly overweight may be safer than their normal weight counterparts.  However, for the approximately 33 percent of Americans that are obese, the picture is not pretty.

The study was published in the online journal 
Public Library of Science Medicine.

The authors hope the data will help convince automakers to build special models of cars better suited to handle Americans' greater girth.



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Pfff
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/6/2010 8:46:47 AM , Rating: 5
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The authors hope the data will help convince automakers to build special models of cars better suited to handle Americans' greater girth.


They already do; they're called full-size cars, pickups, and SUVs.




RE: Pfff
By Spivonious on 4/6/2010 9:08:24 AM , Rating: 5
I would have hoped that the study would help convince American males to lose weight. I'm sick of not being able to find clothes that fit me. (30"x32" pants, shirts that actually taper to the waist, etc.)


RE: Pfff
By psypher on 4/6/2010 9:27:48 AM , Rating: 4
I know that at most of the stores I go to, it is harder to find pants bigger than a 34" waist. I recently shed a whole bunch of weight (went from a 40" waist to 33", leaving me 65lbs. lighter at a lean mean 6'8", 205 lbs.), so now finding clothes downtown is a cinch. At least in philly and nyc, finding a 33"x34" with a slim fit couldn't be easier. I see tons of 30"x32" slim fitting pants too. It could be that these markets cater to hipsters though.

Well... Off to the gym (which is always shockingly empty... lol)


RE: Pfff
By callmeroy on 4/6/2010 11:13:41 AM , Rating: 4
Good for you man! I fell compelled to post because your weight now is actually my current goal. I'm about 40 pounds away from that goal right now. One truth is, it definitely seems harder to lose weight the older we get, 10 years ago I never had issues...I was sub 200 pounds my whole adult life until the last 4-6 years.


RE: Pfff
By AlexWade on 4/6/2010 12:52:26 PM , Rating: 4
I lost 15 pounds just by cutting out soft drinks. I changed nothing else in my life. I would drink 3 cans of Dr. Pepper a day. I still have a soft drink from time to time, but probably only have two a month. Of course, I rarely eat fast food to begin with, except sandwich places where I now get water instead of soda. It is amazing how much weight you gain by eating fast food and drinking high-fructose corn syrup sodas.

The gym is good but you still have to eat right and minimize drinking your calories to have the full benefit. Yet what do you see in cars. You see cup holders that hold the 64 ounce big gulp. You see soda machines in schools. You see ads for fast food places always featuring the fries and soft drink. You see a super size for $0.30 more. And beside it, you see a super super size for $0.60 more. How many fast food places let you get a salad instead of fries? If you can get a salad, how many times is the dressing worse than the fries themselves? Why does so much stuff have salt, sugar, or high-fructose corn syrup? Sugar and caffeine are surprisingly addictive.

Automobile makers have to change for overweight people because we are bombarded by things that make us overweight. Most people aren't going to or aren't able to take the necessary steps to fix the underlying reasons.


RE: Pfff
By Mitch101 on 4/6/2010 1:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
Good points.

liquid calories get a lot of people in trouble. Celebrity fit club should have hit a few people with the idea that alcohol is a liquid calorie and responsible for a few of the people on the show not able to lose weight. Diet Soda doesn't help either because the chemicals can slow metabolism.

People kill salads with dressings. Anything good for you can be ruined with a syrup. Damn does it taste good but know the consequences.

Dead giveaway for high sugar is a label on the product as low fat especially yogurt and low fat coffee creamers. Gotta love product deception.

On the flip side my shaker bottle for MRP's are 64 ounce so I welcome the over sized cup holders and like you said you can always get water in that cup. Most people don't drink enough of it anyhow.


RE: Pfff
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/6/2010 3:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
If a product says "Diet" on the package I will not consume it. I know it has been alter too much to be health to eat. I do not drink much soda, maybe equal to one 12 ounce can per day. I guess my issue now a days would be I like to have a few Alcoholic drinks on the weekend to kick back while visiting friends, playing a video games, or whatever else... Most days I just drink water...


RE: Pfff
By tastyratz on 4/8/2010 10:05:37 AM , Rating: 2
one thing I want to mention: high fructose corn syrup is NOT as bad as people play it out to be. Fructose is on of the lowest glycemic natural sweeteners available - more so than whole grains and similar. Using it instead of sugar promotes a much longer spread of the calories. The drinks based on plain processed sugars are much more likely to be an issue than the ones based on corn syrup. If you don't like chemicals such as sucralose/aspartame/etc. then its the lesser of 2 evils considering weight loss

That being said either sweetener its empty calories. post workout glycogen replenishment aside sugar drinks are bad.

Ive recently been on a trek to drop some weight and I'm down about 12lbs in 5 weeks. Usually my goal is just bulking but I wanted to harden up. Starting 6' 201lbs goal about a good hard 185.
Gym plays a large role as well as diet. The idea of the gym is not that you burn very much calories while you there too many people fixate on that, its the 24 hours of anabolic state and increase of overall metabolism during the time your NOT there. You don't burn many calories during 80% HIIT... but you burn a LOT during the 24 hour period after.
This keeps you going instead of slowing down when you body operates on a caloric deficiency. Whatever you do however you do it everyone has their own way.


RE: Pfff
By trisct on 4/6/2010 4:17:47 PM , Rating: 2
You're under-30, aren't you?


RE: Pfff
By AlexWade on 4/6/2010 9:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
No. I'm 32.


RE: Pfff
By rburnham on 4/7/2010 10:46:19 AM , Rating: 2
I cut soda out almost completely (I was drinking at least one per day before) and I lost 10 pounds. Like you, that was without doing anything else. Now at 170 lbs, I hope to exercise and diet the rest of the way to 160 or lower, which will put me in the "normal" range, instead of overweight as I still am (at least according to the BMI charts).


RE: Pfff
By heffeque on 4/6/2010 9:51:00 AM , Rating: 3
I have to go to the children's department to be able to buy clothes that fit me every time I go to the States. There are no clothes for skinny athletic bodies (I do rock climbing and being fat doesn't help, being skinny does).

I wonder why some people try to be politically correct with these kinds of articles (by politically correct I mean hypocrite). Why not call them morbid obese or extremely fat people? Just because you see them in your everyday life in the US it doesn't mean that it's "normal" state of the body.

There's a serious problem with obesity in the US and, if someone didn't know, now that people are so worried about health insurance, fat people nowadays cost more money to the US health system than smokers. THAT's how bad it is.

Here's a Ted Talk video about it:
http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html
The sad thing about the video is that some people actually laugh during the speech.


RE: Pfff
By clovell on 4/6/2010 11:22:14 AM , Rating: 3
Nah, fat people don't cost more - they die sooner. Less overall cost of care through their lifetime. The issue at hand is trim baby boomers getting old and sick while fat Generation X is getting sick simulatanously. It's taxing the system right now.

Go bullish on healthcare for another decade or so, then get out. When the boomers all die, it's not gonna be pretty.


RE: Pfff
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/6/2010 10:01:17 AM , Rating: 3
Your still very young I would guess... Either that or never worked out for high level competition in your life. I'll stay with young - I do not want to judge you without knowing you. I was once 5 foot 11 inches. 28 inch waist, 185 lbs, and very close to breaking the 4 minute mile (just seconds away). One day a snap in the lower back and that was that... add to it my knees started going bad. Now, I have a 40 inch waist that people when people like yourself look at me I can see in their eyes they think I must be lazy. When in real, it's you that has the problem. You do not understand things happen to people and just saying, hey it's healthier for you and safer for you will not change the physical conditions of people. Sure would be nice to be in the shape of was before, however that is just life and now I'm just happy I can walk. There are a lot more people like me out there then you know. Former college athletes, or even high school that are/were use to a lifestyle of go,go,go be bigger, faster, stronger then to have it all change in one day without learning to change to new lifestyle.
Don't take this as a "you s**k" post. Just a do not judge people without knowing them. Your statement that American males just need to be "convinced" to lose weight is complete judgement on people you never met or knew. What will really happen is car insurance will rise for people over xxx lbs.

As far as finding 30" x 32" pants, look a little harder because that is all I find, hardly ever any 40" inch :)


RE: Pfff
By Spivonious on 4/6/2010 10:31:52 AM , Rating: 2
I'm 28, so probably younger than you, but not what I'd consider "very young". I'm 5'10", 140lbs. I'm definitely not an athlete, and not even that skinny (I mean, I'm not bony or anything).

All I see at the stores I shop at are the occasional 30x30 and then 34 and above. I even see more 46x30 than 30x32.

I didn't mean to offend you with my comment. It just seems to me that being overweight (for whatever reason) is generally accepted as normal these days. I have even had to start buying size "small" shirts because the mediums I always bought before are now too big. I have to buy "slim fit" dress shirts because normal shirts make me look like a mushroom. While my wife doesn't mind it, she's now a size 4 in some stores. She hasn't changed sizes since I met her and she used to be an 8.

Complacency is a horrible path to go down.


RE: Pfff
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/6/2010 11:19:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, you are younger. I will be 40 in a month.

I was not some much offended by your statement. I just hate when people act or think things like weight are a completely controllable lifestyle choices.

Now are there people who eat Twinkie's, McDonald's all day, watching TV and claim to have no idea why they are fat. Yes, and I feel no sympathy for them. However, the US raising their kids to be bigger and bigger. Just look at the size difference between a line men in pro football in the 60's verse today's QB. Most of todays QB's are larger then the line men of the 60's. Just about every kids is raise to be the next great athlete... but when they do not make this "cut" or something bad happens we do not have anything to teach the kid to lead a normal healthy lifestyle - so they live the lifestyle they always knew. Just like a soldier coming out of combat - they use to just send them home, now we know the soldier needs to be brought down from intense lifestyle they were living and they might have only been on the front lines for a few months. Athletes go years of consuming as much as you can lifestyle, with no "coming down" training for those who stop (by choice or accident). I've noticed that the longer you are being a top athlete the larger you will be come when you retire of course not all fit into this statement. So, the US has brought at least part of this problem on themselves. We do love out beef and cheese out here.

Nice job for your wife to lose 4 size... That a lot.
Maybe it's living location for clothing sizes available.. I'm in the midwest (Chicago) we have a lot of 30" x 32" in the stores when I shop, but less of the bigger sizes... bigger sizes sell out faster here???


RE: Pfff
By Spivonious on 4/6/2010 11:29:20 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agree with everything you said. Although I think you misread the statement about my wife. She hasn't lost any weight; it's just the sizes have shifted down at the stores to make the bigger women feel better about themselves.


RE: Pfff
By therealnickdanger on 4/6/2010 12:07:55 PM , Rating: 1
I hear they're rolling out a triple-zero soon to compensate. LOL

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,200347,00.html

But seriously, how much more emotionally-driven can an industry get? Can't fit into a size 4? Let's just make the size 6 into a size 4... there we go! All better!

I often consider female clothing sizes a great allegory to the mishandling of science by today's society. Can't make historical temperatures match carbon levels? Let's just switch around these variables... presto! All better!


RE: Pfff
By HrilL on 4/6/2010 6:08:56 PM , Rating: 1
That is completely wrong. No wonder no one feels the need to lose weight. Each time they go shopping they've gone down a size. This is completely ridiculous.

I'm 6'1 and 155lb I don't work out much and I'm not really that active anymore. The trick to being thin is a simple equation that people can't seem to understand. Don't eat more calories then you burn in a day. I eat maybe 2 meals a day and when I do something more active I eat more. Its a simple ratio.

At least where I live we don't have that many fat people. Plenty of good looking women. If I lived anywhere else it sounds like I'd have a hard time finding a decent looking woman and that is sad.

Simple fact is STOP EATING SO DAMN MUCH!! People like you end up costing me money!


RE: Pfff
By tygrus on 4/7/2010 3:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, we make choices each day that contribute but it is not that simple. There are biological and psychological aspects to weight control. Body metabolism, build, stress and other factors affect a persons tendency for weight gain or loss.

I have seen similar people eat the same food and do the same work but yet be different ends of the BMI spectrum.
Some people never feel really hungry and can go without food, others may always feel hungry or just the need for food. Some people with obesity have an addiction to food not unlike others with addiction to drugs or other habits. Some eat while asleep.

If you have a weight problem you may like to seek medical advice to check other risk factors and general health before major changes to diet and exercise. For example, heart, liver, thyroid, lungs, lumps, kidneys, sleep quality/quantity, Vitamins B12 & D, iron (in blood and in cells), allergies, food intolerances, blood pressure, electrolytes.

No quick fix so don't rush or crash diet. Once you have fat cells in your body they will always crave additional food intake. Those fat cells shrink when you loose the weight but are itching to go back to where they were. It is not healthy for everyone to try to be < BMI 21, or like Super-models or be built like the Gym-junkies.


RE: Pfff
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/6/2010 1:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
yep mis-understood it. They should just go by measurement... 28 inch is 28 inches...


RE: Pfff
By mindless1 on 4/6/2010 11:17:43 PM , Rating: 3
We are about the same age and I have the same pants size I had 18+ years ago, though I have gained at least a couple dozen additional pounds of muscle since then.

Unless you have a specific organ/etc disease, yes things like weight are completely controllable.

You act as though fitness, as though exercise, is some key factor. It is not!

You can eat Twinkies, McDonalds all day, watch TV and STILL be at a healthy weight. The super super secret is not exercise, not what you eat, it's to not eat as much. You do have to be mindful of getting proper nutrients so you don't end up with disease, but twinkies and cheeseburgers are not disallowed in such a diet.

Think about it. Suppose you want a quarter pounder w/cheese, but it puts you over your daily caloric needs. What terrible thing would happen if you did not eat the whole thing? Would it go to waste? How is that bad, what gain was there in eating the whole thing just to put on excess calories?

Your idea about athletes becoming obese after their career ends can be true, but it comes back to what I wrote above that a person needs to think about how much they are eating and if they aren't exercising to burn off the calories then obviously they do not have as high a daily caloric intake requirement.

Why are our kids becoming obese? Because we are not teaching them the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle, instead letting them spend their time texting and learning alternative BS in school instead of the basic things humans always needed to know to maintain health.


RE: Pfff
By Netjak on 4/7/2010 10:01:04 AM , Rating: 2
"Why are our kids becoming obese? Because we are not teaching them the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle, instead letting them spend their time texting and learning alternative BS in school instead of the basic things humans always needed to know to maintain health."

It's funny with the kids. They know exactly how much to eat, or drink. The problem is that we adults think we know better and makes children ... Eat more and more. In the end, children do not eat following their natural instincts, but to clear the plate, glass etc.


RE: Pfff
By Ammohunt on 4/6/2010 2:19:10 PM , Rating: 1
I am 6'4" 315lbs and prefectly healthy; my weight, eating habits, and exercise habits are none of anyones business but mine. Genetically i am exactly what i am supposed to look like. nature has a design for every organism on this planet including humankind. Todays obeseity "epidemic" is mostly due to current cultural ideas and not much more(take a look at beauty standards in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Next crisis? joint replacement epidemic from all the fools that fought their default configuration nature chose for them by exercising like gerbils in a cage.


RE: Pfff
By Spivonious on 4/6/2010 2:46:48 PM , Rating: 3
I don't do anything special, I just eat normal-sized portions. Most nights I just sit and watch TV or read a book.

With only 1.5% of the US population having a higher BMI than you (http://www.bing.com/bmi/search?q=bmi&domain=bmi&he... I doubt you're perfectly healthy.

With your attitude, I hope my tax dollars never go to pay for your healthcare.


RE: Pfff
By Ammohunt on 4/7/2010 3:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
BMI is the biggest bunch or crap ever devised since it doesn't account for muscle which is heavier than fat. Did you know that Russel Crowe is considered overweight according to the Governments BMI measurement?

I hope not to have to pay for Rock Climbers, Sky Divers, Joggers, Cyclists or any other persons dangerous lifesyles habit healthcare either. Why should i pay for your worn out joints? your broken bones? in your pursuit to be "Healthy"?


RE: Pfff
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/6/2010 4:38:25 PM , Rating: 2
The weight of my body is from my eating habits. Growing up as an athlete from age 5 to 23 I was taught to eat a lot... Pastas, beef, vegetable, milk, water, fruit, and once in a great while some cake, pastry, or candy. It took years to change those eat habits after my injury, well change the volume of food not type...

When you say "Genetically I am exactly what I am supposed to look like." You receive from genetics: Hair color, eye, quality of vision, height, skin color, shape of nose, and such. If you are heavy and you say it's genetic because your parents, grand parents, cousins, aunts, uncles are all heavy, you are wrong for calling it genetics. The reason you all would be heavy is because you all would eat the same way and same types of food. Think about it, most people will learn what to eat from their parents and they from their parents and so on. So, if your parents teach you bad habits because they were taught bad habit, well I would not call it your fault that you have the bad habits, but it would not be genetics.
At 6'4" I can not imagine your size correctly... guessing similar to me 5'11" 244 lbs. Not big fat *ss, but a health, fairly normal - just a bit of a beer gut. I know I could use to lose 30 to 40 lbs, I'd bet you'd feel better losing around the same... but you are at a size that it does not bother you... so I understand - same here otherwise I find something in my life to change, since i can not exercise like I use to in the past.
Beauty standard of any age never means healthy or correct... Today's super models are super thin and there is no way that is health, sumo wrestlers are huge and powerful - but I'd find it difficult to believe healthy.


RE: Pfff
By Ammohunt on 4/7/2010 3:07:21 PM , Rating: 2
Good theory too bad we are talking about uncles, cousins 2nd and 3rd in some cases same basic build can't fight nature even at my fitest in the ARMY i had a pot belly. My main point was that people should mind their own business people make their own choices and have to live with them its call personal responsibility. To automatically assueme that i am unfit or unhealthy becasue i have a few extra pounds is extremely ignorant. Ever watch the worlds strongest man competetion? see all the body builders fall to the wayside to people that most would consider fat and unhealthy? Olympic power lifters? fat and unhealthy? you people have been sold a bill of goods on what is and isn't healthy.


RE: Pfff
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/7/2010 7:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
Not a theory... It just comes do to living same life style. You also are missing point. I'm not saying you are "unhealthy or major fatso", just as you pointed out "at my fittest you were in the ARMY." OK, so you are not in your best shape today, nor am I... That part is lifestyle choice, I'm not about to give up my beer on the weekends and a good steak from time to time. I know if I eat all carrots, grass (AKA lettuce), stop with all beer, and such I will lose weight and be "healthier" but mentally I be going out of my mind.. so I have a few extra pounds and relax and enjoy life more... Guessing you maybe similar (maybe different food or drinks). That is perfectly fine with me and should be fine with everyone else. I'm just say you do not get a pot belly or beer gut from Genetics - it's from your lifestyle.
Not judging here... Just saying be honest. Do drink soda, beer, eat lots of meat, fast food, fried foods,... That's your option, but the few extra pounds come from those options not your genetics. Family gatherings are all vegetables, fruits, and tuna fish sandwiches? Or are they like my family - burgers, fries, hot dogs, 1,000 types of cheeses, soda, beer, hot beef, pulled pork, baked bean with extra honey and brown sugar, Gyros, lamb, fried chicken and chips and dig. If like me you will try a little of everything because everyone work so hard to make their favorite dish and it all taste so damn good. Yep, if like the second gathering you all eat the same food because you all like the same food and it's not good for you.. sure time to time OK, but in todays world we can eat like this all the time or way more then even 100 years again. Make sense?


RE: Pfff
By InvertMe on 4/7/2010 9:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a fat and lazy person's cop out to me... Hey I just tells it like I see it.


RE: Pfff
By MrBlastman on 4/6/2010 10:07:17 AM , Rating: 5
How about instead, they put an electronic scale and BMI measurement tool built into the driver's seat.

I can just see it now:

"Dave, you are too fat to drive. I can not guarantee your safety, Dave, if you turn that key."


RE: Pfff
By Xavi3n on 4/7/2010 5:48:47 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry Dave... I'm afraid I can't let you turn that key...


RE: Pfff
By jonmcc33 on 4/6/2010 12:17:23 PM , Rating: 1
So when the fatties spill their Big Mac, fries and diet Coke on the floor and bend down to get it they can run over women and children in the smaller cars, right?

Fat people should be walking to work off that chub, not sitting in a car.


RE: Pfff
By thurston on 4/6/2010 7:39:50 PM , Rating: 2
We should just the fatters from trees by their necks and make them ride at the back of the bus. Screw the fatters, skinny power.


RE: Pfff
By Samus on 4/8/2010 1:13:41 AM , Rating: 2
Go figure the F-series is consistantly the best selling vehicle in America.

Frankly my 160lb body feels lost in my 'mid-sized' Mountaineer and driving anything bigger would be just ridiculous for myself.


Medicate not prevent
By bugnguts on 4/6/2010 9:58:11 AM , Rating: 2
Typical response here in America. Don't ask people to change their behavior to prevent problems just prescribe something to eliminate the negative symptoms.




RE: Medicate not prevent
By Dr of crap on 4/6/2010 10:36:51 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. It seems I am the minority now since I am normal weight. And to the above guy that has injury - ok, but that does not explain ALL the fatso's out there.
Let's not make it easy to be fat, let's get the bigggest loser challenge out there and get slender again.
Oh, wait, that would require you to get of your fat lazy butt and sweat. Nooooooooooo! The Horror!


RE: Medicate not prevent
By StraightCashHomey on 4/6/2010 12:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. We shouldn't cater to people with behavioral problems. I know, I know, not all of the fatties out there live under the same circumstances as the other buffet-busters, but the vast majority of the obese are obese due to their lifestyle.


RE: Medicate not prevent
By mindless1 on 4/6/2010 11:20:33 PM , Rating: 2
No! They are obese because they consume more than they burn.

There is no such thing as "lifestyle" obesity. It is simply eating more than one should, no matter what it is they eat or how often.


They've got it all backwards
By Hieyeck on 4/6/2010 9:06:59 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
The authors hope the data will help convince automakers to build special models of cars better suited to handle Americans' greater girth.
What the authors should've hoped for is that it will convince people to start losing weight.

And people wonder why there's so much obeesity.




F=ma
By MrDiSante on 4/6/2010 9:48:06 AM , Rating: 4
That's awesome. I literally laughed out loud. My coworkers gave me funny looks.




Durrr
By Gunbuster on 4/6/2010 9:56:56 AM , Rating: 2
Someone got paid to study the FACT that heavier objects have more kinetic energy to dissipate in a collision.

Wow. Just. Wow.




RE: Durrr
By Smilin on 4/6/2010 10:09:45 AM , Rating: 2
This is why you live on the intarwebs and are not a scientist.

It's not just the M in F=MA, it's also the A which includes not just location but time.

A fat guy is going to have a longer moment of impact so peak force would be lower. This is evidenced by the first part of the findings that fat (not obese) guys do better in crashes up until the increased moment is no longer enough offset the increased mass.

Thinking and *reading*. Wow. Just. Wow.


It should have said
By Mjello on 4/6/2010 9:49:22 AM , Rating: 2
Fat men in greater danger during car crashes.

But funnily enough that word has almost become just as bad a word to use as f''k by now.. Whats wrong with this people ?




RE: It should have said
By thurston on 4/6/10, Rating: 0
V Dubs and Elements
By xler8r on 4/6/2010 9:51:27 AM , Rating: 2
VW has the Beetle, Honda has the Element. I've heard many times from larger people that these cars and a few other meet their... ergonomic requirements.
Do we honestly need more?




In Other News...
By clovell on 4/6/2010 11:17:24 AM , Rating: 2
Grabbing the headlines today is the amaizing story of how the Medical College of Wisconsin has, through expensive[sic] experimentation, confirmed Newton's Third Law of Motion today.

Reporting live from Dailytech, here's Jason Mick.




Daily Techs Readership
By aromero78 on 4/6/2010 11:41:47 AM , Rating: 2
How dare someone write an article saying that the readership of tech daily are more prone to car accidents!




Insulin and sugars
By HostileEffect on 4/6/2010 6:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
The real problem is all the processed grains and sugars, that includes breads. The grains flood into the bloodstream and cause an insulin spike which is basically the storage hormone.

HFCS or corn syrup is also bad, the only thing I consume with HFCS is Mayo.
If your liver is full on fructose, excess generally turns into fat. Fruit lovers take note.

There are two places that the blood sugar can go, into the muscles or into the fat. Left over calories or food ends up in the toilet. If your muscles are full and the blood sugar keeps rising, you start to make yourself resistant to insulin and eventually diabetic.

Stick to protein, good fat, vegetables, and highly exerting training, ex, cutting down trees, free weights, sprinting or HIIT, etc. Have your processed grains after whatever it is you did, with protein. Having a nice piece of beef with a salad and eggs will keep you pretty level in blood sugar.

Its not how much you eat but what you eat and when. I doubt someone will get fat on fish, vegetables, eggs, etc, as long as they are somewhat physically active.

If you can't run, then swim, bike, row, do complex sets, Tabata, etc, there is always another alternative.

Large people generally start out best with free weights.




hmmm
By digitalreflex on 4/7/2010 6:55:53 AM , Rating: 2
And I would have thought the extra padding would have helped them in an accident... </sarcasm>




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