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Hospitals buy special fridges to store overweight bodies as obesity crisis escalates (UK)
Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:04PM BST 15 Jun 2014 | Claire Carter

Posted on 06/16/2014 2:21:12 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Britain’s obesity crisis is so serious that hospitals are buying specialist equipment to keep bodies cool because they are too large to fit into mortuary fridges.

Hospitals are also having to widen corridors, buy reinforced beds and lifting equipment in order to cope with the growing numbers of obese patients coming though their doors.

Figures obtained by The Telegraph show that hospitals have spent at least £5.5 million over the past three years to adapt allow them to treat larger patients. Experts now warn the cost of treating overweight and obese patients could rise to at least £10 million a year as the nation’s waistlines continue expanding. …

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: mortuary; nhs; obesity; socializedmedicine

1 posted on 06/16/2014 2:21:12 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Well why don’t they just extract a pound of flesh from their overweight patients. That’s what the gov’t does with everyone’s money, and it sounds like they are coming up with a new way to fleece their public to pay for all those overweight folks. Sounds like they are trying to recreate Adolph Hitler’s master race of perfect, flawless people. Achtung!


2 posted on 06/16/2014 2:37:52 AM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: Olog-hai

We’ll there are other ways of dealing with a corpse...

Hard as a log and trussed like a frog, with his arms and legs outspread.
I gazed at the coffin I’d brought for him, and I gazed at the gruesome dead,
And at last I spoke: “Bill liked his joke; but still, goldarn his eyes,
A man had ought to consider his mates in the way he goes and dies.”

Have you ever stood in an Arctic hut in the shadow of the Pole,
With a little coffin six by three and a grief you can’t control?
Have you ever sat by a frozen corpse that looks at you with a grin,
And that seems to say: “You may try all day, but you’ll never jam me in”?
I’m not a man of the quitting kind, but I never felt so blue
As I sat there gazing at that stiff and studying what I’d do.
Then I rose and I kicked off the husky dogs that were nosing round about,
And I lit a roaring fire in the stove, and I started to thaw Bill out.

Well, I thawed and thawed for thirteen days, but it didn’t seem no good;
His arms and legs stuck out like pegs, as if they was made of wood.
Till at last I said: “It ain’t no use — he’s froze too hard to thaw;
He’s obstinate, and he won’t lie straight, so I guess I got to — saw.”
So I sawed off poor Bill’s arms and legs, and I laid him snug and straight
In the little coffin he picked hisself, with the dinky silver plate,...

From ‘The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill’


3 posted on 06/16/2014 2:44:58 AM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: flaglady47

There are studies out there that say it is the skinny ones who croak earlier in life, as they have no weight to fall back on when they get ill. The ones with some flesh on them last longer. I’d rather suffer from an abundance of food than starve from a lack thereof.


4 posted on 06/16/2014 2:45:54 AM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: Olog-hai
Why didn't the obesity crisis start in the 50's with the invention of television and easy access to food?

Instead it didn't really become a problem until the late 1980s and 1990s.

5 posted on 06/16/2014 3:07:08 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: flaglady47

I do not believe those in the “some flesh on them last longer” category are the ones requiring enlarged freezers.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 4:09:55 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: flaglady47
"There are studies out there that say it is the skinny ones who croak earlier in life, as they have no weight to fall back on when they get ill. The ones with some flesh on them last longer."

I don't know the studies you speak of, but I have to imagine they are not referring to people so obese that you have to buy stronger beds and widen the hallways of the hospitals for. People who are morbidly obese (and these are the people this article refers to) have all kinds of health problems and tend to be the ones who die younger. You see very few morbidly obese 80 year olds...
7 posted on 06/16/2014 5:55:55 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: paint_your_wagon

Robert Service is one of my favorite poets. One reason that everyone should look into him is all the “experts” hate him. That alone makes him worthy of our admiration...


8 posted on 06/16/2014 5:57:20 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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