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Lose Weight, Save at the Pump

By October 30, 2006

American drivers are burning almost 1 billion more gallons of gasoline each year than they did in 1960 as a result of the obesity crisis facing the country. A new study published by the American Society of Engineering Education and the Institute of Industrial Engineers in the October-December issue of The Engineering Economist claims that the increase in waistlines has created an increase in gasoline consumption in America to the tune of 39 million gallons of fuel are each year for every additional pound of passenger weight.

Although experts say the calculations aren't exact, they make sense. "If you put more weight into your car, you're going to get fewer miles per gallon," Emory University health care analyst Kenneth Thorpe said Wednesday.

In the long run, weight loss can help conserve the amount of gasoline consumed each year. Other methods are to drive with fuel efficiency in mind or look at more fuel efficient automobiles.
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