The 'Obesity Epidemic'

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Yup, there's a clue in the fact that Mum gave her chips when she returned from fat camp. Poor girl tried but she won't lose any weight while she's still with her mother.
 

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Yes, and she falls into the mentality of blaming expensive gyms.

Doesnt she have a gym at college or the local sports centre?

Doesnt she go swimming. (an ideal exercise for all, but doubly so the bouyant)

If shes depressed, isnt she recieving psyciatric help?
 

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No, Escargot, most dogs are too fat to walk.
 

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US Coast Guard gets heavy on overweight passengers
By Tom Peck
Thursday, 28 April 2011

On American passenger ships, expanding waistlines are lowering hull lines, forcing the authorities into action.
The US Coast Guard has raised its average passenger weight from 160lb to 185lb – an increase of almost two stone. It is the first time it has done so since the 1960s.

That the average American is a touch portlier than 50 years ago may not come as a huge surprise but it is a blow to many commercial boat operators, who will be forced to reduce capacity.
"People have just gotten heavier," said Coast Guard spokeswoman Lisa Novak.

The Coast Guard has followed the lead of other transport administration bodies. The Federal Transit Administration, with responsibility for the nation's buses, still tests vehicles as if the average rider weighs 150lb – it has just proposed a jump to 175lb. Prompted by a 2003 plane crash in North Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration has raised its average weight estimate from 170lb to near 190lb.

Ashes on the Sea, a California based company that conducts ocean burials, is concerned the new rules will force them to raise prices. Anticipating less usable space on many of the 50 boats he charters in five states, Ken Shortridge, from the company, said the change could add several hundred dollars to the cost of each service.
"Unfortunately, the new rule makes sense," he said. Overloaded boats are more likely to capsize.

In 2004, a water taxi called the Lady D flipped over in Baltimore harbour, resulting in the death of five passengers. A year-long investigation followed focusing on outdated estimates of passenger weight.

Not all services will be affected however. Catalina Express, which annually ferries hundreds of thousands of passengers from Los Angeles to nearby Santa Catalina Island, won't be carrying any fewer.
"It won't affect us at all," said spokeswoman Elaine Vaughan. "We usually carry less than our Coast Guard-approved capacity. That's a decision we made for comfort reasons."

The new boat rule takes effect in December, after the 185lb figure was first suggested in 2006. Since then, the average American has already grown a couple of pounds heavier.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 75788.html
 

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Denmark taxes fatty products
Denmark is to impose the world's first "fat tax" in a drive to slim its population and cut heart disease.
By Richard Orange, Malmo
2:06PM BST 29 Sep 2011

The move may increase pressure for a similar tax in the UK, which suffers from the highest levels of obesity in Europe.
Starting from this Saturday, Danes will pay an extra 30p on each pack of butter, 8p on a pack of crisps, and an extra 13p on a pound of mince, as a result of the tax.

The tax is expected to raise about 2.2bn Danish Krone (£140m), and cut consumption of saturated fat by close to 10pc, and butter consumption by 15pc.
"It's the first ever fat-tax," said Mike Rayner, Director of Oxford University's Health Promotion Research Group, who has long campaigned for taxes on unhealthy foods.
"It's very interesting. We haven't had any practical examples before. Now we will be able to see the effects for real." The tax will be levied at 2.5 per Kg of saturated fat and will be levied at the point of sale from wholesalers to retailers.

Hungary at the start of this month imposed a tax is on all packaged foods containing unhealthy levels of sugar, salt, and carbohydrates, as well as products containing more than 20 milligrams of caffeine per 100 milliliters of the product.

Less than 10pc of Danes are clinically obese, putting them slightly below the European average.
But researchers at Denmark's Institute for Food and Economic estimate that close to 4pc of the country's premature deaths are a result of excess consumption of saturated fats.
For Britain, where more than 20pc of the population is obese, the number will be considerably higher.

A 2007 study by Mr Rayner's group concluded that a combination of taxes on healthy foods and tax breaks on fruit and vegetables could save 3,200 lives a year in the UK.
Health Minister Andrew Lansley has up until now resisted calls for taxes on unhealthy foods, but Mr Rayner said they were the only credible way to combat Britain's obesity problem.
"I think we're going to have them in Britain whether Mr Lansley wants them or not, because the obesity crisis in the UK is such that we need to take more action.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healt ... ducts.html
 

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I think the Danes have been busy wrapping up their unnessessary fat in small packages and exporting it for years: Lurpack . . . Bacon . . . Toksvig. :p
 

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Venison, caviare, pheasant and quail's eggs will remain largely tax free.
 

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Bit counter intuitive this.

Hunter gatherer clue to obesity
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18985141
By Helen Briggs
BBC News

The Hadza live a hunter gatherer existence that has changed little in 10,000 years

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Sugar tax needed, say US experts

The idea that exercise is more important than diet in the fight against obesity has been contradicted by new research.

A study of the Hadza tribe, who still exist as hunter gatherers, suggests the amount of calories we need is a fixed human characteristic.

This suggests Westerners are growing obese through over-eating rather than having inactive lifestyles, say scientists.

One in 10 people will be obese by 2015.

And, nearly one in three of the worldwide population is expected to be overweight, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

The Western lifestyle is thought to be largely to blame for the obesity "epidemic".

Various factors are involved, including processed foods high in sugar and fat, large portion sizes, and a sedentary lifestyle where cars and machines do most of the daily physical work.

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Daily energy expenditure might be an evolved trait that has been shaped by evolution and is common among all people and not some simple reflection of our diverse lifestyles”

Dr Herman Pontzer
Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, New York
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The relative balance of overeating to lack of exercise is a matter of debate, however.

Some experts have proposed that our need for calories has dropped drastically since the industrial revolution, and this is a bigger risk factor for obesity than changes in diet.

A study published in the PLoS ONE journal tested the theory, by looking at energy expenditure in the Hadza tribe of Tanzania.

The Hadza people, who still live as hunter gatherers, were used as a model of the ancient human lifestyle.

Members of the 1,000-strong population hunt animals and forage for berries, roots and fruit on foot, using bows, small axes, and digging sticks. They don't use modern tools or guns.

A team of scientists from the US, Tanzania and the UK, measured energy expenditure in 30 Hadza men and women aged between 18 and 75.

They found physical activity levels were much higher in the Hadza men and women, but when corrected for size and weight, their metabolic rate was no different to that of Westerners.

Diverse lifestyles
Dr Herman Pontzer of the department of anthropology at Hunter College, New York, said everyone had assumed that hunter gatherers would burn hundreds more calories a day than adults in the US and Europe.

The data came as a surprise, he said, highlighting the complexity of energy expenditure.

But he stressed that physical exercise is nonetheless important for maintaining good health.

"This to me says that the big reason that Westerners are getting fat is because we eat too much - it's not because we exercise too little," said Dr Pontzer.

"Being active is really important to your health but it won't keep you thin - we need to eat less to do that.

"Daily energy expenditure might be an evolved trait that has been shaped by evolution and is common among all people and not some simple reflection of our diverse lifestyles."
 

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Hmmm, she refused medical treatment and the Airline was physically unable to get her on board. If the Airline is lying then it will have to get numerous people to back up those lies.

Delta and KLM sued over 'too fat to fly' Vilma Soltesz
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20510267

Delta Airlines says its staff spent an hour trying to get Mrs Soltesz on board

The husband of a US woman who was too big to be flown home from Europe - where she later died - is to sue the airlines involved for damages.

Vilma Soltesz, who weighed about 30st (193kg), was refused a place on two flights in October.

She died of kidney failure before a suitable flight could be found, after refusing treatment from local doctors.

Delta Airlines said every effort was made to accommodate her but it had been "physically unable" to get her aboard.

But Peter Ronai, the lawyer acting for her husband, Janos, told CBS: "They [the airlines] took on the responsibility to get her to Hungary, it's their responsibility to get her back."

Mrs Soltesz needed to return to New York from her holiday home in Hungary to resume medical treatment.

She suffered from kidney disease and diabetes and reportedly "did not trust" Hungarian doctors.

But the Dutch airline KLM was unable to get her on board a flight on which she had booked two seats to accommodate her.

She was then told to drive to Prague in the Czech Republic where she would be given seats on a larger Delta Airlines flight.

But, according to Mr Ronai, she was unable to be belted into that plane and "the captain came out of the cockpit and made her get off".

Mrs Soltesz died of kidney failure before an alternative flight could be found.

In a statement Delta Airlines and KLM said they had done everything possible to assist the family.

"Our records indicate Delta staff in Prague made repeated attempts for nearly an hour to board the customer, but they were unable to get her onboard the aircraft," Delta claimed.

Mr Soltesz is seeking $6m (£3.7m; 4.6m euros) in damages from Delta and KLM.
 

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Hmmm, what do you think? Not like the tories to crack down on fat people. I'm sure Eric Pickles will put a stop to this.

Obese who refuse to exercise 'could face benefits cut'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20897681
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Under the proposals, overweight benefit claimants could have their money docked if they refuse exercise regimes

Overweight or unhealthy people who refuse to attend exercise sessions could have their benefits slashed, in a move proposed by Westminster Council.

GPs would also be allowed to prescribe leisure activities such as swimming and fitness classes under the idea.

The Tory-controlled council said the aim was to save £5bn from the NHS budget when local authorities take over public health provision from April.

BMA member and GP Dr Lawrence Buckman called the idea "draconian and silly".

The measures are contained in a report entitled A Dose of Localism: The Role of Council in Public Health, in a link-up between Westminster Council and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU).

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Mike Sergeant
Political Correspondent, BBC News
The idea of cutting someone's benefits if they don't swipe into a yoga, weights or Zumba class might seem absurd.

But the authors of this report insist this is a serious attempt to develop new policies and positive incentives to meet a huge public health challenge.

From April councils assume responsibility for a multi-billion pound public health budget. They also take control of administering council tax benefit (the reduction in council tax for those unable to pay the full amount).

These two developments are a huge challenge, but also an opportunity. In theory people making healthier choices (and saving their council money) could be given some money off their council tax bill.

Councils certainly have the power to design new council tax schemes. But there will be howls of protest from those appalled by the idea of a town hall computer monitoring our "healthy" choices.

Under the proposals, overweight benefit claimants could have their money docked if they refuse exercise regimes prescribed by doctors.

Smart cards would be brought in to monitor the use of leisure centres, meaning local authorities could reduce welfare payments for those who fail to follow their GP's advice.

Resident, housing and council tax benefit payments "could be varied to reward or incentivise residents", the report said.

It claims "early intervention techniques" could help save more lives and money.

These include linking welfare payments to healthy lifestyles and rewarding those who take responsibility for their own health, the report's authors claim.

Red tape would be cut for "non-alcoholic venues" to encourage a more responsible approach to drinking, which the report says was promised but never delivered by the change to 24-hour licensing laws.

'Emotional issues'
British Medical Association GP committee chairman Dr Buckman, a GP in north London, called the proposals "some of the silliest things I've heard in a long time".

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A fast-food generation need support in the long term”

Susannah Gilbert
Spokeswoman, Big Matters
"When I was first told about this I thought it was a joke," he said.

He added: "The best way [councils] can intervene is to stop restaurants and fast-food chains providing the kind of food that make people put on weight, and interfere with the way foods are sold in shops."

Obesity support organisation Big Matters spokeswoman Susannah Gilbert said: "It would be fairer to use the money to support people rather than to penalise people.

"Any plans for health should be holistic," she added. "Some people have emotional issues to do with food.

"A fast-food generation need support in the long term."

But Jonathan Carr-West, acting chief executive of the LGiU, said the proposals offered "a win-win" solution.

He said the proposals were about "finding innovative ways to both improve people's lives so they don't suffer from these conditions, while also saving money for the public purse".

"We have to look at ways of managing demand, of helping people not to need such expensive health interventions," he said.

He said the proposals would "help people lead healthier, happier lives".

Westminster council leader Philippa Roe said: "This report contains exactly the sort of bright, forward-thinking and radical ideas that need to be looked at.

"The potential improvements to the nation's health and to the public purse could be significant."

But the change to local authority control over public health has led many councils to voice concerns about how much money they will get and the formula that central government will use to allocate funding.

The public health funding announcement was originally expected on 19 December.
 

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Wellwhadayaknow? Slightly obese people live longer.

Dreading your diet? Don't worry... plump people live LONGER than their skinnier counterparts (but only if they're a few pounds overweight)


People who are overweight may actually outlive their thinner counterparts, a landmark study has suggested.

Men and women who are slightly plump - essentially carrying a few extra pounds - have longer lives than those of a normal weight, according to a study of more than three million people.

The research flies in the face of conventional thinking that being a normal weight is a barometer for good health.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... ds-newsxml
 

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A bit of a WTF! here - nude photos!

Paul Mason: Excess skin plea from man once labelled world's fattest
By Richard Haugh, BBC News

A man once labelled the world's fattest has released naked photographs of his body to warn others "how bad things can get" and to plead for medical help.
At his heaviest, Paul Mason weighed 70 stone (444kg) and was confined to the bed of his bungalow in Ipswich.

He now weighs about 24 stone (152kg) but says he will be "stuck in limbo" until the excess skin is removed.
"I want health professionals to have a look and think 'it's about time we helped this chap'," he said.

Mr Mason, 52, who had gastric bypass surgery in 2010, says his "goal weight" is 15 stone (95kg).

He said about eight stone (50kg) would be lost if he could have the three operations he needs to remove loose skin around his midriff, legs and under his arms.
"Around my middle and on my legs the skin keeps splitting because of the weight of it," Mr Mason said. :shock:
"I've got myself a little bit of independence and want to carry that on to where I don't need a wheelchair to get around."

He said he decided to undress for the photographs because he had given up hope of the NHS offering him the surgery, which he says could cost more than £60,000 in total.

"I wonder if it will ever happen now," he said. "I met a lady the other day who has been waiting 13 years and she's only got about two stone of loose skin to be removed."
The NHS says Mr Mason has to have a stable weight for two years before the skin removal operations can be considered.

Mr Mason said he had never seen "proper photos" of the back and front of himself and admitted that some people might find the images "shocking".
"I wanted people to see the issues that can happen to your body, to your skin, when you put an extreme amount of weight on," Mr Mason said.
"A lot of people think that's just going to shrink back, but it doesn't.
"If people find it shocking, perhaps they will think twice that they mustn't get themselves in that state
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Samantha Scholtz, a consultant liaison psychiatrist working in the bariatric (treatment of obesity) service at St Mary's Hospital in west London, said excess skin was an issue for a lot of patients.

"It's an under-recognised issue and something patients before going to surgery aren't always informed about," she said.
"Although health is the main motivator for seeking surgery, I think the cosmetic appearance does come into it.
"It certainly affects their quality of life, self-image and their ability to form relationships."

Ms Scholtz said she could not comment on Mr Mason specifically, but said it would be "unfair" to allow a patient to wait two years for an operation if that person was suffering from other complaints such as tears to the skin.
But she added it was important for patients to get to a "stable weight" before having the skin removed.
"If they are still losing weight they will be left with more excess skin," she said.

The NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said decisions about surgery were taken in the "best interest" of patients.
"In cases like this the NHS has a panel of people, including clinicians, who decide whether the patient should have such an operation," a spokesperson said.
"A patient must have a stable weight before he or she is considered."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-22457765

Sounds like the old Catch-22 to me. :(
 

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South African chef 'too fat' to live in New Zealand
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23475583

Nearly 30% of adults are overweight in New Zealand

Authorities in New Zealand have told a South African chef he is too fat to be allowed to live in the country.

Immigration officials said Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 130kg (286 pounds), did not have "an acceptable standard of health".

He now faces expulsion despite shedding 30kg since he moved to the city of Christchurch six years ago

New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world, with nearly 30% of people overweight.

Mr Buitenhuis and his wife, Marthie, moved from South Africa to Christchurch in 2007. At the time, the chef weighed 160kg.

Until now, their annual work visas had been renewed with "very little problem", his wife said.

"We applied year after year and there were no issues," she said.

"They never mentioned Albert's weight or his health once and he was a lot heavier then."

But in early May, the couple was told their work visas had been declined because of Mr Buitenhuis's weight.

"The irony is that at the moment he weighs less than when we first arrived in New Zealand and also less than in his first medical, which was accepted by [immigration authorities]," his wife said.

The couple has appealed to New Zealand's immigration minister, citing the chef's recent weight loss.

An immigration spokesman said Mr Buitenhuis's application had been rejected because his obesity put him at "significant risk" of complications including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

"It is important that all migrants have an acceptable standard of health to minimise costs and demands on New Zealand's health services," he said.
 

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Yes, NZ, the happy, PC country...on paper.
 

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Bet it will be a pressing engagement.

'World's fattest man' Paul Mason to marry after TV proposal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-25728147

Suze Orman, Barbara Walters, Paul Mason and Rebecca Mountain on The View
Rebecca Mountain (right) proposed to Paul Mason during filming for The View

A man once known as fattest in the world has accepted a marriage proposal during a television show in the United States.

Mr Mason, 53, from Ipswich, was recording an episode of The View alongside US resident Rebecca Mountain, who he had met online.

He said yes and has vowed to lose enough weight to allow him to walk down the aisle.

"I don't want to go down that aisle in a wheelchair," Mr Mason said.

Mr Mason, who at his heaviest weighed 70 stone (440kg), flew to the United States in December to spend Christmas with Ms Mountain and to see a consultant about surgery to remove excess skin.

He got his weight down to 22 stone (140kg) with the help of gastric band surgery but said his life is on hold until the excess skin was removed.

'Major surgery'
Mr Mason went to New York to meet with Dr Jennifer Capla, who has agreed to donate her time to perform the operations.

"What she's going to do is my tummy and my arms, both at the same time," Mr Mason said.

"I thought just the tummy would be major surgery on its own, but she feels confident that because my health is good, she could do the arms at the same time.

"It's excellent."

Barbara Walters and Paul Mason on The View
Barbara Walters asked Paul Mason about his excess skin
Mr Mason said he received a second surprise on The View, saying the programme has offered to pay the $17,000 (£10,341) he had been fundraising for the cost of the first operation.

"We've still got to fundraise to pay for the aftercare," Mr Mason said, adding that he hoped Friday's broadcast of the show in the United States would prompt people to add to the $1,170 (£711) already raised.

"I'm excited, all I've got to do is go back to the UK, get a medical visa, and then come back."

The couple said they had not set a date for the wedding.

Ms Mountain said: "There's so many things we need to do to take care of Paul first.

"There will be another surgery for his legs, but not for another six to eight months."
 

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A story about a top politician - is he losing his gravitas? ;)

Slimline Tories: how my 5:2 diet has changed the face of politics
The latest Tory plans to slim the deficit were delivered by the newly-svelte George Osborne – so has the 5:2 diet sculpted his political ambitions? Its creator gives her verdict
By Mimi Spencer
3:15PM BST 30 Sep 2014

If anyone doubted the effectiveness of the 5:2 diet, they only need to look to our Chancellor for proof of how well the regime works. When George Osborne stepped up to the podium at the Conservative conference on Monday, it was clear that his penchant for cuts has extended beyond the budget and to his own dietary intake.

Osborne has been following the 5:2 regime, where dieters eat normally for five days a week and fast for two, and showed off his defined jawline and newly narrow frame after eight months of dieting. The Chancellor has never been very heavy but he did accumulate some middle-aged weight around the chin and looks a lot better without those jowls.

Of course, he may not have intended to become a lean chancellor for the sake of our lean economy, but it makes for a nice headline and is in keeping with our times.

It’s impossible to say whether Osborne’s slim shape is a sign of grander political ambitions, but there’s no doubt that politics is as much of an image game as it is about ideology. A leader who looks after themselves is undeniably compelling – that’s a reason Cameron goes off on his jogs and why Putin wrestles with fish. We all respond to active and health-conscious leaders.

etc...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/m ... itics.html
 

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Now here's something I can relate to:
(Some sample headings only!)


The 24 worst things about being a fat man
Weight-loss website Man v Fat has polled its users to find out what they hate most about being overweight, reports Andrew Shanahan
8:21AM BST 07 Oct 2014

Being fat doesn’t come with a list of the special nuggets of misery that appear when you hit BMI 25+, which is a shame as a bit of warning would be nice.

Fortunately, our friends at MAN v FAT - the leading men's weight-loss website - has polled the users of its popular online forum and put together 24 of the worst things about being a fat bloke. Read them and weep.

1. People stare at your food in the supermarket trolley
...

2. The stuff that grows in the folds of your body
...

3. Sex
...

etc

23. The horrific things it does to your penis
...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/m ... t-man.html

So, not just me then. :(
 

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rynner2 said:
2. The stuff that grows in the folds of your body
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23. The horrific things it does to your penis
:shock: and :shock:

I really do not want to know any more details.
 

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Just love the predictably compassionate reader's comments.
 

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500-lb. body causes fire at Virginia crematory

?The cremation of a body weighing at least 500 pounds was the likely cause of a fire that broke out at a Virginia crematory on Wednesday. Authorities said the “rather large” cadaver caused excessive heat and oil during cremation. The fire at Southside Cremation Services in Henrico County, Virginia was likely caused when the cremation furnace overheated, according to fire officials.

“The Henrico Fire Marshal’s office has determined the cause of the fire to have been accidental in nature,” Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Daniel Rosenbaum told WTVR. “The rubber roofing near the smoke stack was ignited by the heat of the stack.”

Three people inside the building were able to flee without harm, as fire crews were able extinguish the blaze in short order, WTVR reported. Only the roof of the building was damaged, according to reports. Southside Cremation Services is known for its ability to handle large cadavers for cremation, according to manager Jerry L. Hendrix Sr.

“There was no damage to the body that would not be normal; it remained within the retort and we are about to proceed with the remainder of the cremation,”Hendrix said. Hendrix verified that the body weighed at least 500 pounds. “The man was a little larger than what we had done in the past,” said Hendrix.

The family of the deceased man was not in the facility during the cremation, Hendrix said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. ...

http://rt.com/usa/194572-fire-cremation-oversized-body/
 
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