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Plus-size coffins growing in popularity

It's the week before Thanksgiving and everyone in the United States of America is thinking about food.

Supermarket aisles bulge with seasonal goodies. Everything from turkeys and cranberries to pumpkin pies and dinner rolls are being hauled into buggies and carried home to take their place in the holiday menu.

When it comes to eating, Americans are nothing short of world-class. And this Thanksgiving, like past Thanksgivings, over the river and through the woods to grandma's house will mean overeating and weight gain for most.

It wouldn't be so bad if we only indulged once per year. But when it comes to eating, Americans apply themselves with vigor twenty-four seven, three hundred sixty-five.

We love our meat and potatoes. We love our delicious delicacies. We love our donuts and desserts. We love our sugary beverages and our late-night snacks.

Along with the usual unhappy result of all the excess -- including the biggies: cancer, heart disease, and diabetes -- is a reality that the average person rarely if ever stops to consider.

It's the fact that more than likely, when the time comes, you're not going to fit into a regular-sized coffin.

Although all major casket manufacturers have for over two decades offered a line of oversized coffins, Goliath Casket of Lynn, Indiana, is dedicated to the production of big burial boxes for big boys. And girls.

According to its owner, Keith Davis, the demand for the product that was originally the brainchild of his late father, Forrest (PeeWee) Davis and his wife, Mary, the American obesity problem grows by twenty percent each year.

So before you reach for that extra helping of mashed potatoes or that second (or third) slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream next Thursday, think about it: you want to stay spry.

If you can run faster, the Grim Reaper will have a harder time catching you. If you're overweight and out of breath, you're easy prey.

You'll never outrun him completely, but by making wiser choices you may delay the inevitable -- and be happier and more attractive -- while you're with us.

An extra benefit is that your family won't have to shell out extra money for a double-wide coffin when they're faced with the unhappy task of burying you.

They can use the money to go out to eat instead.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jennifer Weber is the owner of Angel Funeral Photography and Jennifer Weber Photography. When she's not preoccupied with casual portraiture, funeral photography, or taking pictures in cemeteries, she blogs at I'm Having A Thought Here and A Route of Evanescence. She is a frequent contributor to Find A Grave, where she is known as AngelSeeker.


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