Plus-sized casket business thriving

June 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM
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LYNN, Ind., June 23 (UPI) -- An Indiana coffin maker specializing in plus-sized orders said business is booming amid the recession because of the obesity epidemic.

Goliath Casket of Lynn, Ind., said the obesity epidemic has been keeping business strong, with the largest casket made by the company a 7-foot-by-7-foot coffin for a man in Alaska, Weight World reported Wednesday.

The company said it was set up in response to the few options available for plus-sized coffins 25 years ago and regularly produces coffins measuring 4 feet by 4 feet.

Weight World said recent statistics indicate 28 percent of the U.S. population was obese in 2009, showing no change from 2008 despite a 3 percent increase in exercise.

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