America is fat and getting fatter. As recently as 1996, not a single state had an overall incidence of obesity greater than 20 percent. In 2009, 49 states did. And as the government sends out messages warning of the links between obesity and heart disease, diabetes, and other potentially deadly ailments, manufacturers are only too happy to create all sorts of products - including the Goliath-brand casket shown here - aimed at making life easier for obese Americans.
Keep clicking to see 30 more plus-sized products for our plus-sized populace. Maybe you'll be astonished, or maybe you'll feel empathy. Or maybe you'll find something that might come in handy...
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Titanic toilet seat
Behold, a royal throne for king-sized people. The Big John toilet seat attaches to standard toilets, adding extra seating space and two inches of height - and accommodating up to 1,200 pounds. Take a load off!
Big people have medical emergencies too. That's why cities around the nation are buying ambulances specially designed to carry heavy loads. Among the cities meeting the heavy demand for plus-sized ambulances is Boston, which recently put into services ambulances equipped with hydraulic lifts and high-capacity stretchers capable of holding 850 pounds.
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Hospitals need to be able to accommodate patients of all sizes. Here's a "bariatric bed" with a mattress rated at 1,000 pounds.
Airlines require passengers to buckle up. But what do you do when buckles don't reach around the belly? Here's a solution - a seat belt extender. This standard model fits designs used on several airlines, including United, American and Jet Blue.
Travel can be a challenge for weight-challenged people. For those of us in that boat, there are specialty travel agencies - like Abundant Travel, which claims to specialize in BBW (big beautiful women) and BHM (big handsome men).
High blood pressure is a common problem for fat people. And conventional blood pressure cuffs present their own problem - how do you fit a wide arm into a normal cuff? This cuff features an "easy fit" cuff, plus a jumbo digital display.