Americans Are Now Fat Enough to Need Bigger Buses, Too

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    Mar 24, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    Delightful

    http://www.good.is/post/americans-are-now-fat-enough-to-need-bigger-buses-too/?utm_source=supr

    Last month, we heard that Americans are now fat enough to need larger ambulances. Earlier this month, the Federal Transit Administration bowed to the inevitable and submitted a proposal to change its bus testing regulations "to more accurately reflect average passenger weights and actual transit vehicle loads." The government docket spells out the details:

    "Specifically, FTA is proposing to change the average passenger weight from 150 lbs to 175 lbs. In addition, FTA is proposing to change the floor space occupied per standing passenger from 1.5 to 1.75 square feet, and updating the Structural Strength and Distortion test procedures."

    The FTA's earlier 150 lb passenger weight assumption was based on calculations carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1971, which in turn was based on data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control between 1960 and 1962. In its October 22, 2008, National Health Statistics Report, the CDC reported an average male adult weight of 194.7 lbs and an average female adult weight of 164.7 lbs.

    The FTA's testing protocol is used not only to measure bus crash safety, but also shapes purchasing guidelines and preventive maintenance schedules and budgets. In other words, buying buses that are designed to deal with their heavier passengers will not only play a role in saving lives in an accident, but also help ensure that there are enough working buses on the road in the first place. And the extra breathing room will certainly be a nice bonus for commuters of all sizes!
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    Mar 24, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    This is good news, because - as many of you are NOT aware of - CG (center of gravity) and weight calculations on airline flights are calculated for the "average" person...meaning 150 lbs. If this proposal to move to a 175 lb average passes, it means safer skies. Yay! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 24, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    Well it guess it's not much different than a few months ago when Transport Canada issued new guidelines mandating all new car babyseats sold in Canada for 2011 be larger because all the kids are getting so fat.
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    Mar 24, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    from the article...
    "In its October 22, 2008, National Health Statistics Report, the CDC reported an average male adult weight of 194.7 lbs and an average female adult weight of 164.7 lbs"


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    I wonder what the avg weight is per City.
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    "Specifically, FTA is proposing to change the average passenger weight from 150 lbs to 175 lbs. In addition, FTA is proposing to change the floor space occupied per standing passenger from 1.5 to 1.75 square feet, and updating the Structural Strength and Distortion test procedures."


    Oh God, it's just like the movie WALL-E, but without the robots to take care of all the fat humans.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Mar 24, 2011 6:24 AM GMT
    Oh no it's OK because being fat is something to be proud of, don't hate
    Big people are trying to break the USA of it's obsession with pretty and thin icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    MenschPress said
    riddler78 said
    "Specifically, FTA is proposing to change the average passenger weight from 150 lbs to 175 lbs. In addition, FTA is proposing to change the floor space occupied per standing passenger from 1.5 to 1.75 square feet, and updating the Structural Strength and Distortion test procedures."


    Oh God, it's just like the movie WALL-E, but without the robots to take care of all the fat humans.


    Hey, where's my robot? I want an EVE to incinerate people who annoy me.
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    Interesting as how the FAA has considered the average pilot to weigh 175 for decades now.
  • alphatop

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    Mar 24, 2011 6:54 AM GMT
    Stop eating so much unhealthy junk food ( Mc, KFC, Pizza hut....) and drinking that poisonous Coca Cola....and you won't be fat like elephants.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Mar 24, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    AntoNomad saidStop eating so much unhealthy junk food ( Mc, KFC, Pizza hut....) and drinking that poisonous Coca Cola....and you won't be fat like elephants.


    I think a lot of people drink worse things like Mountain Dew, alcohol and all those energy drinks
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    Summer of 2007, Its a Small World boat ride at Anaheim's Disney Land was closed down for several months in the summer. The reason was the average weight of american have increased and as a result the boats bottomed out. So they closed that ride to create a deaper moat. icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 24, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    Lmao... american and fat reminds me of this:

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  • alphatop

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    Mar 24, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    Maybe because of this?

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    Mar 24, 2011 7:19 AM GMT
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    Mar 24, 2011 12:09 PM GMT
    tomk7 saidInteresting as how the FAA has considered the average pilot to weigh 175 for decades now.
    I just got on the scale...174.8 lbs.
    Looks like I'm "the average pilot." icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 24, 2011 12:24 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThis is good news, because - as many of you are NOT aware of - CG (center of gravity) and weight calculations on airline flights are calculated for the "average" person...meaning 150 lbs. If this proposal to move to a 175 lb average passes, it means safer skies. Yay! icon_biggrin.gif



    I've often wondered about that, honestly... and if weight "miscalculations" could ever "bring down the house" so to speak.....
  • Timbales

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    Mar 24, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    bigger seats means more comfort for the rest of us - win
  • DanOmatic

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    Mar 24, 2011 1:11 PM GMT
    While I agree that adjusting these standards is simply a practical response to a real problem, in a way it can be construed as further enabling obese people to remain obese. I do think that a percentage of obese individuals have absolutely no control over their condition, but I think that the majority can actually do something about it.

    In the US (but also increasingly elsewhere), dietary habits are generally horrible, people have little concept of what physical activity is, nor is there much awareness of how both of these affect one's overall well-being.

    One irony: In my office I see so many large people chugging diet sodas--and they always seem to just get bigger. WTF?