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(Boston Globe)   Companies making heavy-duty products for morbidly obese Americans report expanding market   ( divider line
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2004-09-04 01:51:46 PM  
Because that's exactly what fat-asses need. Encouragement.
2004-09-04 01:53:22 PM  
Or, assitance for people who can't do anything about it.
2004-09-04 02:11:01 PM  
Sorry, but I refuse to believe that the numbers of morbidly obese people in North America is due to pure genetic happenstance.

People are just not taking care of themselves. Too many people think that fad diets and the occasional walk up a flight of stairs is going to make them healthy. Initiative and personal responsibility have totally gone out the window.

So if they want to buy products that accomodate their massive bodies rather than try and slim down into sofas, cars, and clothes that actually fit them, more power to them. But this is like taking cough medicine for tuberculoses.
2004-09-04 02:13:01 PM  
Once those people realize their dialing sticks can also be used as typing sticks, we're going to get an earful.
2004-09-04 02:25:16 PM  
I am in a business that requires me to participate in large trade shows. In the last few years I have seen a HUGE increase in obese attendees who rent or bring motorized scooters to the shows. They drive around and are treated like disabled folks then..They get up to look around the displays or use the bathroom or the dining facilities! I saw an obese family of 4 all in carts zooming around like a banshees. It really pisses me off. And the genuinely handicapped hate them as well. My feeling is if you limit your own mobility through excess and failure to take responsibility for your condition, you should not be afforded access priority (handicap placards wider seating or whatever) We don't say "Oh, it's an alcoholic lets give them a double wide padded lane to drive in" You make a bed, you lie in it. Sorry for the rant.
2004-09-04 03:06:59 PM  
Oh, there were fat people around in older times, 2dogs. Have you never seen paintings of the wealthy, porcine men and women in Victorian England? Or Renaissance France and Italy?

Obesity comes and goes. It's just that you're seeing so much more now, since more people can afford to eat now than they could back then. The problem is that when there's such an abundance of food and vehiclular transportation, and not enough willpower to eat healthy or exercise, you get a state of affairs where companies have to build a friggin trapeze to let people roll over in bed.
2004-09-04 03:08:33 PM  
I blame thin people for this. If everyone was morbidly obese we wouldn't know we were all morbidly obese, therefor the problem goes away.
2004-09-04 03:15:15 PM  
1 pound of excess fat = 3,000 calories of excess intake.

It's really that simple.
2004-09-04 03:25:32 PM  
I love food. I'm fat. What is all this nonsense about genetics, not food makes you fat? If you eat more calories than you burn, YOU GET FAT.

Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. But if you pay attention to our media, it's not your fault that you're fat. I'm so tired of PC doubletalk. Quit eating Moon Pies and pick up a damn apple.
2004-09-04 03:37:12 PM  
Evidently the term is Bariatrics. Here is a cut and paste from a scooter article:

Expanding Waistlines = Expanding Bottom Line

Obesity is a problem among [scooter] users; it's why they are users, says Simon Margolis, vice president for clinical and professional services at National Seating & Mobility and president of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. This is why we've seen an explosion of the bariatric market.

The bariatric market has a strong influence on scooter manufacturers. Smaller scooters are being manufactured for seniors, but the bariatric population which needs larger, standard scooters remains a solid niche market, experts say.

Bariatrics is a huge market for us because of the huge percentage of overweight people in the United States, according to Randy Riecks, national sales manager for Ranger All Season. We have dealers who dedicate an entire section of their floor to bariatrics. I get calls all the time for [chairs that will accommodate patients] over 500 pounds.

But the demands in the bariatric market are intense, according to DuWayne Kramer, president of Leisure Lift. In our testing we see most bariatric users are younger, more active and harder on their products than are mainstream scooter users.

Just making things thicker does not solve all the problems, Kramer adds. You must start with the usage in mind and then deal with the weight factors.
2004-09-04 03:51:51 PM  
our testing we see most bariatric users are younger, more active and harder on their products

Ugh, I have a headache from trying to make sense of that sentence.
2004-09-04 05:20:01 PM  
How can they afford these new 'catered to my fat ass' products when they spend so much on food already?
2004-09-04 06:10:23 PM  
Well, at least we're past the denial stage.
2004-09-04 06:10:56 PM  
i wash myself with a rag on a stick...

oh and it's 3,500 kcals/pound
2004-09-04 06:11:26 PM  
That guy wants to buy an office chair for $99? PUT DOWN THE TWINKIE!
2004-09-04 06:12:04 PM  
From the article: "Gary Epstein, a marketing analyst who has studied the obesity industry, says that change likely is due to a growing recognition by the obese and by manufacturers that extreme weight is a lifestyle, not just a medical condition"

I think that speaks for itself.
2004-09-04 06:12:19 PM  
1/3 of American adults are obese???

Wow. I feel slightly better about being just a bit over 25 BMI now.

On the other hand, I think we know who the evil Harvester Aliens are going to eat first.

Any Canadian or UK Farker want a lightly-used American?
2004-09-04 06:12:19 PM  
Rain-Monkey says:
1 pound of excess fat = 3,000 calories of excess intake.
It's really that simple.

Actually, not, and that is critical to understanding all of this. Certain kinds of foods effect a "glycemic lock" on the body where the level of sugars either in the food or easily digested from them causes a huge insulin rush and results in the majority of the calories being stored rather than used. If people at things like fish, brown rice and lentils, basic greens, and stuff like that then this would not happen. Instead we have refined grains and high fructose corn syrup or refined sugan in everything. It is hard for many to get a meal that does not cause an insulin reaction. What people are eating is a critical component of the problem. Oddly enough, the healthy foods are mostly, or at least should be, cheaper, they are just less available packaged or in fast food places.
2004-09-04 06:13:12 PM  
I guess this is the economic expansion Bush is talking about.
2004-09-04 06:13:52 PM  
For Linda Purdy, a cane made the difference between being housebound and having a life. Though she's now lost 200 pounds, two years ago she weighed nearly 430 pounds and even getting up for a glass of water was difficult.

A glss of water maybe, but no trouble with an entire bucket of KFC and a gallon of Chubby Hubby?
2004-09-04 06:13:58 PM  

I heard it is around 3,500, but I'm not sure, and the point still remains. There is no way to get fat other than to take in more calories than you expend. Period. Its not like these people take in 2,000 calories, expend 2,000 calories, and get fat "somehow". All this "genetic" crap is just "icing on the cake." Oops, better not encourage them.
2004-09-04 06:15:33 PM  
high fructose corn syrup
hydrogenated oils
eating processed crap because most families need both parents to work
eating out more
2004-09-04 06:15:40 PM  
the fingers you have used to dial are too fat. to obtain a special dialing wand, please mash the keypad with you palm now.
2004-09-04 06:17:27 PM  
well, hey, there hasn't been a fatty thread for a while has there?
2004-09-04 06:18:59 PM  
Where the FARK is the fatty dancing girl already?
2004-09-04 06:19:15 PM  
The worst thing is a fat woman who claims to be a BBW. I guess it's easier to pretend to be happy with yourself then it is to put down the bucket of KFC and go for a walk.
2004-09-04 06:19:28 PM  
2 years ago I was pushing 275 pounds. I am down to about 230 now, but there is one thing that pisses me off about losing that much weight. I was a 42 in waist and now I am a 40.

Then again I have a 18 and a half inch neck and a 50 inch chest.
2004-09-04 06:20:50 PM  
If I were a hungry aliel species, I would count myself lucky to crash-land in America, land of the Fat.
2004-09-04 06:21:26 PM  
Alien, even.
2004-09-04 06:22:46 PM  
I'm 6' 0", and weigh 170. Then again, I live mainly on coffee, beer and cigarettes.
Oh, and I bike ride daily.
2004-09-04 06:26:14 PM  
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I bet Gail Grinds wishes she had had one of these.

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2004-09-04 06:26:18 PM  
ok...but where are the products for the incredibly stupid?.....i think the need there is more profound........
2004-09-04 06:26:28 PM  
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I'm disappointed that nobody's posted the little fatty jiggling on the couch yet.

It's a sad commentary on our society when you can get edible underwear with a 50 inch waistband. Fatties piss me off.
2004-09-04 06:28:05 PM  
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Supports 1500 lbs. !!!
2004-09-04 06:28:17 PM  
roast beef
That is too funny!
2004-09-04 06:30:30 PM  
I rode the Nutri-System bandwagon in the late 80s. They said I was supposed to be 204lbs. I'm 6'6", and I was down around 230lbs, and my friends and family were thinking I was pulling a Calista Flockhart. I stopped at 225.

If I were to be the average BMI of 25, that would mean I have to be 216lbs. I wear size 4x gloves, size 16 shoes, and all airline seat headrests are shoulder blade rests to me.

Point here is that, yes, I am still fat...just below the "moribldy obese" definition in fact, but they don't calculate the averages for oafs like me. Further, it's good that some companies are building stuff for larger people. But it is sad when they're building them for the people who are beyond morbidly obese. Not that they don't deserve anything, but it just makes them feel comfortable with their unhealthy life.
2004-09-04 06:31:40 PM  
Plus side for the normal people: Those 4 or 5 chicks you've had your eye on can all safely fit in your single bed for an orgy.

/wishes they would just make a zipper you can't get caught in
2004-09-04 06:32:06 PM  
I'm 6'3'' and weight somewhere around 140. How do all these fatty americans manage to gain pounds?
2004-09-04 06:32:09 PM  
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2004-09-04 06:34:22 PM  

I totally agree with you. I was on a city bus recently where I got into a heated argument with a passenger who had to be 550 pounds that sat in the handicapped section on the bus. An elderly man with a cane got on the bus and (holding on to a rail for dear life) managed to get into a seat in the rear of the bus.

I got up and told the driver he'd have to enforce the handicapped seating for the next person who was handicapped. The fat woman piped up and said that she had a heart condition and was therefore handicapped ....I told her her "condition" was self imposed and that she should get her fat ass out of the seat was only when two little old ladies got into it and backed me that the driver agreed to do so.

What I'd like to know is who the hell is paying for the motorized scooters and other fixtures for people who can't work due to a self imposed condition? Boggles my mind ....
2004-09-04 06:34:35 PM  
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2004-09-04 06:36:24 PM
2004-09-04 06:36:31 PM  
Mister_poopy_pants: Uh. That is seriously scary. Where is the cute girl modeling it?
2004-09-04 06:36:40 PM  
I have an idea for an invention.

How about a giant robot that pummels you with fist of steel for every day you dont exercise?
2004-09-04 06:38:32 PM  
This breaks my heart. Both people are smiling in this ad. I think I'd be crying :(

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Model ML600 Millennium Bariatric Lift
2004-09-04 06:39:55 PM  
5'10" here, weigh in @ 145lbs. People think I'm morbidly skinny. How the hell do my fellow Americans gain this weight? I'm at a loss for words...
2004-09-04 06:40:11 PM  
I was in Wal-Mart today and saw a grotesquely obese couple, a man and a woman who were each easily 350 pounds, arguing over which brand of 10-pound bags of sugar they should buy.

It made me want to weep for America.
2004-09-04 06:40:48 PM  
I feel I have to pipe in here after all this fatty bashing. It feels like craigslist in here. Some people actually have lymphatic(?) problems that cause them to gain lots of weight. I.E. The girl that Maurie is asking so eloquently "Well fattie, whaddaya think of that?" actually has an undeniably real medical condition. I know. I actually saw the episode. It was really sad. She is five and can't walk more than 10 feet. (or maybe her mom is evil and feeds her buckets of KFC..I dont know but they said she had some lymphatic condition.)
2004-09-04 06:42:10 PM  
C-Nut: that's close to fat in European standards...
2004-09-04 06:42:40 PM  
No, her mom is evil, and they are going to eat their little girl like so much fois gras.

/I may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least I'm enjoying the ride.
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