When I saw this story it reminded me of how easily small changes over time can escape our notice until. Boom. Something strange (and newsworthy) results from the trend in question.
The easy availability of calories and the slackening need to exert ourselves mean that we all carry more weight than our ancestors.
New Zealanders’ growing waistlines are proving a problem for funeral directors, who have had to resort to increasing the size of standard coffins and sell double burial plots
Exercise is super but better than exercise is arranging one’s life so that we must exert ourselves to get through the day. It also helps if we can keep calories out of reach most of the time.
One-in-four New Zealanders is obese, according to the health ministry, rising to almost two-in-three among the country’s Pacific Islander communities.
Tony Garing, the president of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand, said the standard coffin was no 23 inches (58cm) at the shoulder, up from 19 inches (48cm).
Noelene Mudgway, manager of Auckland’s Manukau Memorial Gardens, said cremation was not an option for some families saying their last farewell to a supersized loved one.
“Our cremators aren’t wide enough to take people who are severely obese,” she said.
Miss Mudgway said the cemetery tried to accommodate large coffins by burying them in plots at the end of a row, where they would not encroach on other graves.