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OBESITY FIGURES PROMPT NEED FOR FURNITURE MODIFICATIONS IN HOSPITALS
WIDER doorways, hardier furniture and custom-built bathrooms are being installed in Western Sydney hospitals in response to startling new data.
More than 66 per cent of adults in the Blacktown area are overweight or obese, the latest figures reveal.
WIDER doorways, stronger furniture and custom-designed bathrooms are being installed at Western Sydney hospitals in response to some fattening figures.
More than 66 per cent of residents aged 18 or over in the Blacktown local government area are overweight or obese, the latest Western Sydney Local Health District figures reveal.
The figures are particularly alarming when compared to the rest of NSW, where 52.5 per cent of people aged 16 or over are classed as overweight or obese.
Despite initiatives being run in schools across NSW to combat the growing number of people being classed as obese, figures continue to paint a bleak picture of the area’s health.
WSLHD transition manager Peter Rophail said Mt Druitt Hospital already has a room specifically designed to accommodate patients weighing more than 12kg and up to 500kg.
“The room was constructed as part of the recent hospital expansion and opened in 2014,” Mr Rophail said.
He said the new Clinical Services Building at Blacktown Hospital will open several similar rooms next year as part of renovations at the site.
“These rooms will include specialised beds, lifting equipment, as well as wider doorways and custom-designed bathrooms,” Mr Rophail said. “At both hospitals, a mix of furniture in public areas has been and will be provided, for visitors who may weigh more than 120kg.”
WSLHD Centre for Population Health deputy director Christine Newman said there were several risk factors which could lead to people becoming overweight or obese.
“Only 7.7 per cent of people are eating the recommended daily amount of vegetables while just over half (53.4 per cent) are eating the recommended daily serve of fruit,” Ms Newman said. “Exercise is another concern – only 54.1 per cent of people are engaging in the recommended daily level of physical activity.”
Healthy living program officer Rochelle McCook recommends focusing on eating a balanced, nutritious diet and being physically active to achieve a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease.