Caskets Get Bigger as Americans Get Fatter
The Minnesota Department of Health recognizes obesity as an epidemic in the state, with nearly two thirds of the population being either overweight or obese.
This doesn't just affect people in life, but also in death. The Northwestern Casket Company in New Hope, MN says more than half of the coffins it sells are considered oversized.
The biggest one is a metal casket 55 inches wide that can hold a body weighing 1,000 pounds.
"We sell the caskets to meet the population, and as the population gets larger, our caskets get larger," said Tom Dunleavy of Northwestern Casket Company.
When caskets are more than 30 inches wide they require a special oversized vault, and, in some cases, two burial plots.