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Healthcare Providers Confront Nation’s Obesity Epidemic

March 18, 2013

When looking at the state of healthcare in this country, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve arrived at the point where describing obesity as an epidemic is no longer a gross exaggeration. According to the CDC, obesity rates are at all-time highs in the United States, with 36 percent of adults being obese. […]

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Hospitals Upgrade Equipment to Better Treat Obese Patients

January 21, 2013

We often discuss the impact that high-obesity rates are having on hospitals and their budgets and quality scores. However, an article by Shari Rudavsky in The Indianapolis Star focuses on another area in which these rates are affecting hospitals—equipment. “Hospitals are getting super-sized,” Rudavsky reports. Everything from waiting-room chairs to wheelchairs, beds, doorways, and toilets […]

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