You're probably eating Cheetos while you read this, aren't you?
Although the United States may not be the fattest country on the planet, our lawsuit-happy legal system has certainly made us the most accommodating to the overweight. As possibly the most conclusive evidence of this, Humanetics, a company which makes crash test dummies, is now making dummies that weigh 273 pounds and have a body mass index of 35 - five over what is considered obese by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Some of the reasons for this are obvious, such as rising obesity rates all over the world. But also to be considered is the fact the obese are 78 percent more likely to die in an accident, according to Humanetics CEO Chris O'Conner in an interview with CNN. This is because so much of the weight ends up all in the same area, around the middle of the person in question, and this puts stresses on safety equipment for which it isn't designed. Of course, it is feared by many in the crash test dummy industry that computer modeling will put them out of business in a few years, but for now, greater variety in body types is becoming necessary.