"The Effect of Obesity on Automobile Fuel Consumption"
- Monday 2/23/2009 at 11AM
- Siebel Center 4405
Obesity is an important public health issue that is becoming more prevalent in the United States. There are many health implications and risks associated with obesity. One socioeconomic implication of obesity is that it decreases the fuel economy (i.e., miles per gallon) of passenger vehicles (i.e., automobiles that include cars and light trucks driven for noncommercial purposes). This paper quantifies the amount of additional fuel consumed annually in the United States due to increases in expected passenger weight since 1960. The analysis presented uses current driving data in conjunction with historical weight data. The results indicate that as American waistlines increase, so does the amount of fuel consumed. A comprehensive quantitative analysis of this phenomenon is presented and discussed.