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Fat threaten U.S. economy

October 30 2006
08:31

Americans spend annually on the 1 billion gallons of gasoline than Americans living in 1960, only because the U.S. seized the obesity epidemic.

Carriage thick drivers and passengers in the U.S. annually consumes an additional 2.2 billion dollars. Every extra kilogram of weight of drivers and passengers across the United States leads to an increase in spending on gasoline of 39 million gallons (1 gallon - 3,78 liters).

At the same time for specific drivers benefit (to lean) and losses (for full) is very small. If a driver is suffering from obesity, casts 45 kilograms, this year will allow him to save 18 gallons of gasoline or about $ 40, this conclusion was made by researchers from the University of Illinois.

Currently, the share of Americans are obese, over the period from 1987 to 2003 doubled - from 15% to more than 30%. Modern average U.S. resident weighs 11 kgs more than the American in 1960, reports Washington ProFile.

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