for wider ... seats. USAToday.com reports: If you gorged at the holiday buffet, don't worry: You'll still fit in your car.
As Americans grow heftier, automakers are making seats wider, adding more space to interiors and using bigger virtual mannequins to help design vehicles.
Domestic automakers say they already had seats for increasingly rotund motorists. Now foreign brands are catching up.
Maybe the car manufacturers should make the seats smaller to offer an incentive to American car buyers. Or maybe we need an administration that gives a shit to look into why Americans are getting fatter. Why involve the government in this? I mean isn't the problem that people are just eating too damn much? Well, when was the last time you read a food label? Some stories I've read suggest that one potential cause of this obesity problem is the increased use of fructose instead of sugar in processed foods. It seems that fructose has been increasingly used as a sweetener because "trade restrictions on sugar imports under a tariff rate quota system have increased the cost of the common table sugar sucrose", and "[t]he result has been such high costs for table sugar that liquid beverage makers responded by switching to using high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener." There you have it. Government policy, coupled with the corporate bottom line, may be making us fatter--and unhealthy. Oh, and most of the corn and almost all of the soybeans grown in this country are genetically modified. Bon appetit!