Thus, over the past decade, cars have been getting ever-wider: Honda has widened its seats by up to 2 inches, while its newer cars have larger buttons – for people with big fingers. Compare present-day cars with their predecessors, and you can see just how bad it’s got: while the 1953 Ford Prefect was a svelte 4ft 9in wide, at 6ft 1in, the present-day Ford Focus’ muffin tops are definitely starting to show.
BMW has just started to test its next generation of cars, with 800 volunteers in a range of sizes demonstrating how obesity affects mobility when they’re driving. The name of the operation? ‘Plump my ride’, natch.