My daughter fell and cut her head over the weekend so we had to go to the ER for treatment. The hospital near us recently built a brand new emergency room and as far as emergency rooms go, it’s top-notch.
A few interesting items caught my eye:
There were double-width chairs in the waiting room and patient rooms.
And the scale they use is like a large metal platform that folds down from the wall that you step on. It must be about 2-feet-wide by 3-feet-deep.
With the level of obesity on the rise, it’s understandable to have items like these – especially in a hospital since obesity increases one’s risk of many diseases and thus, I can only assume, the number of doctors visits/hospital visits.
When I mentioned these items to a friend, she was a little bothered by them.
She feels that accommodations like wider chairs allow people to comfortably stay at unhealthy weights.
I, on the other hand, look at them as common courtesies – comforts that every person deserves. And I hardly believe that an obese person will be encouraged to stay obese just because they can now comfortably sit in a waiting room chair.
What do you think?
Leslie Fink, MS, RD