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Just when you think I have beaten the subject of obesity into submission and you are free to get on with life, another risk factor emerges.

A recent study out of Vanderbilt points out that as weight goes up, seat belt use goes down and in case anyone hasn’t caught on yet, there seems to be a direct link between seat belt use and accident survival.

The study acknowledges
that seatbelt use is not a problem associated just with the overweight, but it did show that substantially more overweight and obese people don’t buckle up.

Let’s face it. It seems that there comes a point in the weight rise where a person quits doing the things that are more difficult primarily due to their higher weight. I’ve noticed over the years that many overweight people really don’t have any idea how much they weigh anymore. They guess or they give the last weight they remember, but stepping on a scale is mentally a difficult thing to do.

Exercise gets unreasonably difficult. Walking a mile when a person weighs 200 pounds is one thing, but doing the same thing at 300 or 400 pounds becomes physically difficult. It isn’t just a walk anymore. It is a test of how much your muscle and skeletal system can take. To put that into context, imagine trying to walk a mile with a backpack loaded to equal your body weight. I weigh 175 pounds and I can assure you that I wouldn’t want to try it.

And back to the study. Seat belts are a pain (at least mine are) to put on anyway. Doing the same thing with the added weight and decreased space has to be more difficult.

Bottom line. There are some life insurance companies out there that are very good at coming through with good rates for people who are outside the box when it comes to most build charts. Out of control weight gain has so many potentially devastating impacts on your health and mortality that, if you are still in good health, you should look into life insurance now. When your health starts changing the price goes up.