A new study in Injury Prevention shows overweight or obese children have an increased risk of sustaining injuries to their arms and legs during a car crash. The researchers examined 3,232 children, ages 9 to 15, injured in car accidents. Still, experts are hesitant to say being obese means you’re more likely to be injured, but the higher risk persisted even when other factors were considered, like sitting in the front seat or not wearing a seatbelt; from The New York Times.
No doubt, this is a freak risk, but other, more conventional dangers of obesity include headaches, cancer, psychiatric disorders and heart disease. Moral of the story, keep yourself and your kids fit and healthy. Oh, and drive safely!