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Jan042011

Funeral Industry Changes as Americans Fatten Up

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The fatter Americans get, the more businesses stretch to accommodate them -- even funeral homes, and casket and mortuary lift retailers.

"This is, unfortunately, a sign of the times, both experienced in life and after death," said Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "We're seeing the widening of seats, the widening of cup holders and, now, the widening of caskets."

About one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. About 17 percent of children and teens are obese, triple the rate from a generation ago.

Goliath Caskets, a Lynn, Ind.-based company, creates and sells caskets starting at 29 inches wide; they can run up to 52 inches wide and 8 feet long. Even the standard casket size has grown from 24 inches to about 27 inches. Goliath’s owner says the typical size changed about 15 years ago as people became increasingly overweight and obese.

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