America continues to wrestle with its obesity epidemic. Adults with a body-mass index of 30 or more are considered to be obese, and in 2012 the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than one-third of adults (35.7 percent) and almost 17 percent of youth were obese in 2009–2010.

The CDC also found that there while there was no significant difference in prevalence between men and women at any age, adults aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adults. Among men there was no significant difference in obesity prevalence by age, but among women, 42.3 percent of those aged 60 and over were obese compared with 31.9 percent of women aged 20 to 39.

In terms of impact obesity is accompanied by a number of possible co-morbities, such as including hypertension, adverse lipid concentrations, and Type Two diabetes. Ultimately, according to at least one study, obesity leads to the deaths of 300,000 Americans each year. This means providers will continue to serve bariatric patients with a variety of services ranging from bath safety to mobility to support surfaces to diabetic products. Here are some recent offerings on the market:

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Everest & Jennings Bariatric Transport Chair

Everest & Jennings Bariatric Transport Chair

Bariatric Transfer, Transport Wheelchair Supports Patients Weighing up to 400 Pounds

The Everest & Jennings Bariatric Transport Chair is an affordable patient transfer device with increased weight capacity and width. The chair features 400-pound weight capacity, 24 in. seat width x 18 in. seat depth, and is designed to meet the requirements of Medicare code E1039. For easy patient transfer the chair includes features swingaway, padded arms and swingaway front rigging. The chair is built using a sturdy gusseted aluminum frame in silver powdercoated finish. The built-in seat carry straps allow easy lifting and folding, and the chair weighs 31 pounds without front rigging.

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