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1.03.2006

How To Treat America's Fat Fucks

When Irish researchers recently reported that many people's rear ends are too fat for regular-length needles to reach their target, the finding immediately made the opening monologues of late-night TV shows on this side of the Atlantic. The wisecracks were an easy laugh, but for the one in three American adults who is obese or close to it, they were no joke.

Because of this country's expanding heft, blood-pressure cuffs now come in "large adult X long" for arms that don't fit smaller circumferences. Patient gowns can be ordered in size 5X, providing "comfortable, comprehensive coverage," according to the ad for one product. There are wheelchairs with seats up to four feet wide, scales that measure many hundreds of pounds and hospital beds built sturdy enough to handle excessive loads.

Drug injections in the derriere are merely the latest example of how extreme weight complicates the delivery of routine care, often with adverse effects...

"People call and say they had to go down to the boatyard or the post office to get weighed, and it was humiliating," said Scott Hanna, whose company, QuickMedical in Washington state, offers "AmpleWear" gowns and "high-capacity" home scales that go up to 660 pounds.. "Until you speak with these people heart to heart, you don't understand what they're going through."

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The only thing I have to say to that is, "AAAAhhahahahahahaha!"

3 Comments:

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

I'm totally convinced some new hormone therapies coming out within a few years will make obesity a harder choice to make.

Also, I'm taking this awesome kung fu class. Everyone should take martial arts. I just wish I had the option in place of P.E. for the 10 years I had to take it.

Let me just think about it...
10 years of PE...20 Semesters, 80 months, 1600 hours of a useless class.

I should make a white belt buckle:
"I took 1600 hours of physical education, and all I got was this lousy white belt."

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

This is a great documentary on the subject...

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Also, when did martial arts become so gay??

 

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