Fat people are big business for hospitals. So they are upgrading their facilities to accommodate them. From Reuters:
When these patients check into a hospital, they are increasingly likely to find themselves in a room with a wider doorway than the 42-inch standard, a bed that holds up to 1,000 pounds and a ceiling lift system to move them to the bathroom.
Toilets in such a room are extra-sturdy and mounted to the floor instead of a wall.
San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, which with 1,000 beds is the largest U.S. long-term care facility, is building 24 new bariatric rooms designed with ceiling lifts that can route patients to extra-sturdy toilets.
"We are planning for the future, for this burgeoning obesity epidemic nationally," said Associate Administrator Lawrence Funk. "We would be remiss if we did not."
Laguna hopes the investment will pay off with a reduction in staff injuries, which are common when medical staff deal with the obese population without special equipment, Funk said.
Besides the boost in business, hospitals that specialize in bariatrics also benefit because government and private insurers are more likely to cover the procedures at attractive reimbursement rates.
This is so out of control. And we all get to pay for it. I am happy to see that there is so much effort now to educate kids about nutrition and exercise, but for so many people, it is too late for these preventative measures. For decades to come, we are going to have to deal with all of the medical problems and costs of obesity. I don't know how the healthcare system is going to cope with it.