posted on Sep, 3 2005 @ 10:44 AM
As to the rescue of these 'larger' people.....they are no less deserving of rescue than the others. Since a percentage of the population will be
heavier, so must a percentage of rescues......it follows that the 'rescue industry' should provide or change some sizes of their lift baskets or
The nursing home industry and others who regularly deal with geriatric people usually have taken this into account. Many of their clients have
become sedentary, not simply because they are lazy, but as a result of arthritis or broken bones, or other aliments that accompany aging. There
exists a range of larger wheelchairs, lifts, bath room equipment, etc with the larger patients in mind. So as the population ages, the rescue
industry should also prepare to cope. Surely, a large number of their recues already include such people.
Another thing that should be taken into account.....many of these people that we are seeing, were laborers in unglamorous occupations. Long hours
standing on hard floors will not do much to burn calories, but will tire feet and legs, lessening the likelyhood that one would exersise and
increasing the long term damage to joints.....again leading to a more sedentary life, just as the metabolism slows. It becomes a viscious cycle.