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The Green Life: A New Reason to Lose Lbs: Your MPG

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August 30, 2010

A New Reason to Lose Lbs: Your MPG

Scale weight Do you often find yourself unmotivated to get to the gym or hit the trails? New research connecting driver's weight and MPG may be just the kick you need to get out there and get in shape. The bottom line: That spare tire around your waist weighs heavily on your wallet at the gas pump.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how America's dramatic obesity increase has put a real dent in fuel economy. AutoGuide.com adds:

"The rise in obesity has forced these people, out of necessity, to buy larger vehicles, which increases gasoline consumption in the U.S. and fuel consumption increases with more weight in cars.  In 2006, a study done by Entrepreneur.com analyzed the amount of additional fuel consumed due to heavier drivers. They found that almost 1 billion gallons of gasoline per year can be attributed to passenger weight gain in non-commercial vehicles between 1960 and 2002."

Want to get a better price at the pump? Trim up. You'll feel better about your health and about how much you'll shell out at the gas station. 

--Kate Cleland

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