People are often told to lose weight for health reasons, but there is now a study that sheds light on one of the benefits of being overweight.

A recent pedestrian injury study conducted by NYU’s Langone Medical Center looked at 1,400 pedestrians and cyclists who were treated at Bellevue Hospital between December 2008 and June 2011 for injuries they received in accidents with motor vehicles. Interestingly enough, the study reveals that those who are thicker and heavier were more likely to bounce off of a car’s bumper, unlike skinnier people.

The report indicates that those with an above-normal body mass index were found to have less severe injuries after an accident. The reason? Researchers believe torso fat in heavier pedestrians actually protected them against injury. Overweight people typically suffered less severe injuries in pedestrian accidents, as “that extra layer offers some protection at the time of the injury,” said study’s lead author Dr. Frangos. But he also noted those overweight “fared worse once admitted to a hospital.” 

While this study did not take place in Georgia, it stands to reason that this theory could be applied to all pedestrians in this nation. Whether skinny or heavy, if you were injured in a Georgia pedestrian accident caused by a driver’s negligence, you may have rights to a financial recovery. Please call Shane Smith Law to speak with a qualified Peachtree City pedestrian injury lawyer today at (770) 487-8999 to learn more about your legal rights.

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