Keeping your Body Mass Index in Check could improve your safety in a car crash


According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), obesity has an impact on injury risk in motor vehicle crashes. The current federal motor vehicle safety standards are designed primarily for mid-sized male passengers with a body mass index of around 24.3 kg/m square. Unfortunately, a vast majority of American citizens don’t fall under this category. Citizens of only four states out of 50 had a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 and 25 kg/m square on average.

According to a study by the National for Biotechnology Information, the risk of death increased significantly when men involved in car crashes were obese. The risk was lowest for men with a body mass index between 25-30 kg/m square. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 39.6% percentage of U.S. adults above 20 were obese. This means the safety of about 40% of the population is neglected in modern vehicles.

Obesity also increases the risk of diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Being diagnosed with these diseases could also mean that your driving license could be revoked. Moreover, the age group between 40-59 were found to have the highest percentage of people suffering from obesity.