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November 26, 2014

As waistlines grow, so do casket sizes

A number of businesses are catering to a U.S. population that continues to grow more overweight. One of them is The Northwestern Casket Company in New Hope, Minn., where more than half the caskets sold are considered oversized, KSTP reports. The largest will hold a body up to 1,000 pounds.

It’s a striking but not brand-new development. One funeral home owner told The Oprah Winfrey Show in a story two years ago that it can add insult to injury for a family when they are told they can’t have a traditional viewing, or a cremation.

A new report this week indicates 55 percent of Minnesotans could be obese by 2030. Here’s KSTP’s report from New Hope: