“In the past year, some hospitals spent as much as $5 million to update and enlarge their facilities to accommodate obese patients, according to a recently released report by Novation LLC, an Irving, Texas, health-care supply chain company that produces annual commentary on the cost of bariatric care.
Larger patients need supersized beds, chairs and wheelchairs, open MRI machines and toilets bolted to the floor instead of the wall, the report noted. But with more than 200,000 weight-loss surgeries performed each year at a cost of up to $26,000 per surgery, many hospitals consider the extra cost a wise investment.
Hospitals are just one example of the way the world is adapting to accommodate expanding waistlines. Here are six more areas that have been recently plumped up in response to the more than 68 percent of Americans who are now considered either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
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January 27, 2013