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Wide_loadIt's ironic that on the heels of the holiday season, when many Americans tend to overeat and make New Year's resolutions to join a gym, USA Today reports that automakers are making seats wider to accomodate heftier passengers.

The article notes that extra-wide seats have become increasingly important now that 62% of US adults are considered overweight or obese. According to market research firm NPD Group, that figure has doubled since the late 1970s. While the changes aren't huge (no pun intended) - 0.5 to 3 inches in width - there may be some truth to the much publicized obesity epidemic in America.

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