May 2 2012
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Recommended Reading: Retrofitting for a Heavier America

A growing number of facilities are making equipment changes—such as commuter train seats able to withstand up to 400 pounds—to accommodate the needs of overweight and obese Americans, according to a new report from Reuters. Other recent adaptations to accommodate heavier Americans include:

  • Widening doors on school buses
  • Wider seats at sports arenas
  • Performance testing of buses to investigate the impact of heavier passengers on steering and brakes

Read the report.

Weigh In: What accommodations for overweight people has your community introduced?

On May 7-9, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, will host Weight of the Nation, in Washington, DC—a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies. Follow coverage of the meeting on RWJF.org, @RWJF_ChdObesity, www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity and on NewPublicHealth.

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Obesity