America has physically outgrown its body bags

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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (KCWY) — With more than one third of U.S. adults overweight, coroners are having problems with standard body bags sizes being too small.

“More and more we’re having to deal with larger and larger people,” says Utah’s Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen.

And because the coroner handles more obese people, they’ve had to upgrade to larger body bags.

It’s not a Fremont County problem, it’s not a Wyoming problem, it’s a national problem. We order larger capacity things because that’s now the standard size that’s being offered,” says Stratmoen.

The body bags they buy now are eight feet by three and a half. That means a body bag can fit somebody six feet in circumference.

Emergency Medical Services have also had to increase weight limits on their stretchers.

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