New Zealanders’ expanding waistlines are creating a weighty problem for funeral directors, who cannot fit cadavers in their crematories and have resorted to selling double burial plots, reports said Friday. Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand president Tony Garing said the size of the standard coffin had increased as obesity rates soared. “Caskets are getting wider to accommodate people, so it is the width that is the issue,” he told new agency NZPA, adding the standard coffin was now 58 centimetres (23 inches) at the shoulder, up from 48 centimetres.
It’s a sad state of affairs when being supersized is such a problem that it’s a problem even after you’re dead.
- Obese New Zealanders put the squeeze on cemeteries (newsinfo.inquirer.net)