Are you losing your weight loss motivation? Here’s some extra incentive for you. There are so many medical complications that can arise from obesity, from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure to arthritis and infertility. But now, according to a recent study, obesity could also contribute to vehicle-related fatalities. The research was published in the Emergency Medicine Journal. The researchers used data on traffic accidents, including those involving fatalities that occurred within 30 days of an accident. Data from 1996 to 2008 was analyzed. The researchers limited their analysis to accidents involving two passenger vehicles. They found that nearly half of the drivers were of a normal weight, nearly 20% were obese, and the rest were overweight.
According to the research, obese drivers are 21% more likely to die in the event of a car crash. Severely obese individuals were at a 51% higher risk, and morbidly obese individuals were at an 80% higher risk. The researchers concluded that vehicles are not designed to protect obese passengers. That may well be the case, but you can use it as just another motivation to drop the extra pounds. Use Dr. Gullo’s weight loss recommendations of making small changes initially. Try a new, healthy recipe at least one day per week. Pack a healthy lunch instead of hitting the vending machines at work. And always start the day with a nutritious breakfast like oatmeal.