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Obesity Makes Us Waste More Than a Billion Gallons of Gas Every Year

The Atlantic -- Thanks to the startling rise in obesity, every year Americans consume at least a billion gallons more gas today than they would have if people were as trim as they were in 1960. For every additional pound of passenger weight, the United States uses up another 39 million gallons of fuel each year.

Those results come from a 2006 study on obesity and driving habits, when over a quarter of the populations in 21 states were obese. Since that time, the number states for which that figure holds true has ballooned to more than 35. In 12 states, more than a third of the population is considered obese. So it's likely the United States has come to waste even more than a billion gallons a year in the six years since that study was published.



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Submitted May 01, 2012 By: Eugenian
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carranco
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:00:44 PM

Get the junk out of the trunk.
wamster
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 6:55:56 PM

Any extra weight, whether it's on a person or items carried in the trunk or bed of a pickup add to loss of fuel mileage.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:28:05 PM

How much did that study cost and who was dumb enough to fund it?
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:24:34 PM

Now lets figure how much STUPIDITY waste per year!!!!!!
jeffbone
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 12:43:46 PM

Talk about conjecture...
schatzila
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:59:13 AM

Makes sense. That's why spare tires are becoming a thing of the past.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:06:29 AM

Someone else posted this last week. As narcissistic now as it was then.
fishnhuntWV
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 7:21:54 AM

Interesting Ive thought about this before, another reason for people to lose weight
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 6:16:14 AM

Wow
Barfood
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 5:59:26 AM

This doesn't surprise me...higher medical bills, grocery bills, gas bills.
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:56:20 AM

So, report that drivers could take out the car's spare tire, the car jack, take out the back seat, only keep the gas tank half full,... all to decrease weight and save gasoline. The writer of the article already removed his brain to save weight.
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:52:38 AM

How about taller people like NBA players?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:37:12 AM

Fat, is where it's at!
bicycle1966
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:15:01 AM

guess I shouldn'a had that doughnut for breakfast.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 4:12:15 AM

It sounds like this article hits a nerve with some people.
Just stay home.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 3:53:42 AM

What a bunch of snobs!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 3:45:06 AM

Yes! Yes! Yes!
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 3:42:31 AM

Food stamps working too well.
LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 3:22:22 AM

This is so true and something I've been trying to tell people for the last five years plus.

Anyone playing the Yahoo Fantasty Finance? If so, let me know and let's make some money.
eric2theem
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 3:11:45 AM

not so much in California everone is always losing weight my motto is if you wear your tires uneven on your vehicle on the side you sit, you need to lose some weight!
gandalfthegrey1
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 2:46:13 AM

Somebody was PAID to come up with this drivel???
wrunner
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 2:38:21 AM

Vehicles are loaded with more stuff now a days than they used to.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 2:28:35 AM

The issue of weight also applies to the amount loaded into any given vehicle. I suppose one has to calculate pound for pound how many people are in the vehicle, this should include any other items in the vehicle.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 2:03:20 AM

No surprise there, when was the last time you have seen a linebacker in a Prius?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 1:32:21 AM

I believe it!
RNCII
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 12:09:42 AM

leemun> wrote and I agree.

" Society frowns on hateful attacks on people in these days of political correctness UNLESS they are aimed at Christians, Heterosexuals or the Obese. This article is hate speech, pure and simple. It's like Nazis saying how much fuel we could save if we denied drivers' licenses to Jews. "

Wow that must mean soccer moms driving with all those kids, gear and groceries must be wasting about as much fuel.
Kinda ridicules.



[Edited by: RNCII at 5/2/2012 3:15:47 AM EST]
Hoporrene
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:58:59 PM

I can see this...I say we all start walking, jogging, running, and even ride bikes to get around.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:44:33 PM

True -- mostly because these huge people feel they need huge vehicles to haul around all that tonnage. Problem is that many SUVs have a weight limit of 600 pounds.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:39:05 PM

OK
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:37:35 PM

Don't tell people to lose weight, instead have the auto makers make a spare tire optional in order to improve mileage; how messed up is this.
leemun
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:37:19 PM

Society frowns on hateful attacks on people in these days of political correctness UNLESS they are aimed at Christians, Heterosexuals or the Obese. This article is hate speech, pure and simple. It's like Nazis saying how much fuel we could save if we denied drivers' licenses to Jews.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:31:23 PM

obamacare will fix it............
aquarinut
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:28:20 PM

I weigh about a buck forty... but who really gives a cr@p??? If I weighed two forty... three forty, it really doesn't matter that much. If you REALLY want some fuel economy..........

I would think trimming a few tens of thousands of pounds of useless govt fat (politicians and their cronies who write trash like this) would probably make the savings several hundred fold of the mere "conjectured" amount of this article.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:16:25 PM

LOL asog75 :) Good one!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:15:45 PM

more fat = more fuel
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:13:23 PM

This is reaching for a story.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:12:36 PM

they can kiss my fatty acids!!!
kitty1750
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:05:04 PM

If the Kitchener-Waterloo sense of humour is odd, then at least it's better than the NO sense of humour "mentality" of some.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:03:29 PM

Okay
alterman156
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:57:38 PM

Look at the size of some of the people today. Whenever they go for a ride, the vehicle they are riding in needs to use more fuel because of the person's extra weight. Not only is more fuel used, the tires wear out that much more quickly.
MusicalMan7
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:57:37 PM

I take exception to this article! First of all, I did NOT use a billion more gallons of gasoline than I would have if I were still as thin as I was in 1960. Well, maybe I do, since in 1960 I weighed only a couple pounds in a womb.

OK, so to compensate, take some junk out of the trunk literally if you can't do it figuratively.
bills299
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:55:55 PM

wow fatties make us use more gas!!
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:48:27 PM


Must be some odd Kitchner-Waterloo sort of humor. Sad and paranoid thinking doekiller.

The author of this statistical study left out the calculations on all the energy required to produce and transport all that extra food that created all that excess weight. Look at the study as one more great incentive toward losing 10 or 20 pounds, in addition to feeling better and living longer.

Oh wait, the doekiller mentatility made me recall that living longer will "waste" even more energy! Never mind and DON'T do all that and above all, DO NOT LIVE LONGER!!!(esp. if you are one of them 'thar nasty "liberals".
kitty1750
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:40:34 PM

How much gas hauls a big fat azz if a big fat azz had gas.
Rich1430
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:40:22 PM

I thought I sensed something not right about this story. I had never heard of such a report as this until now. What brain dead moron would think something up like this is beyond me.
doeslayersr
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:30:16 PM

I called this about a year ago. I said it would not be long before the left tries to villify overweight people as far as driving goes. I would not be surprised if they restrict overweight people to riding on mass transit... all in the interest of saving $$$$ and energy of course.

Also, do not forget the fat tax for the people who refuse to lose weight.
el_fr
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:25:08 PM

Ha! What a joke.
aquarinut
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:18:39 PM

Is this another obama finger pointing game (this time at tax paying citizens) to deflect blame from his policies and administrative cohorts!!
aquarinut
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:14:57 PM

And the current administration wastes $200 billion a year!
anascom
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:11:12 PM

wow!!
WildmanMick
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:09:17 PM

Is this why it's called "hauling a__"....?
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