According to a recent AP news report, Americans are burning nearly 1 billion more gallons of gas each year than we did in 1960 due to our expanding waistlines… Based on recent prices in the range of $2.20/gallon, this translates into an additional $2.2 billion spent on gas each year. When you think about it, this makes perfect sense. After all, one of the most common gas saving tips is to remove excess items from your trunk to reduce weight. So adding a bunch of weight in the form of fat should have the exact opposite effect, shouldn’t it? Truth be told, this is a pretty minor effect on an individual basis, but when you add it up across the country, you start talking about a non-trivial amount of gas.
[Source: Washington Post]