Super Size My Casket

Casket at funeral home - extra large size for obese personAmerica has an obesity problem.

America’s funeral industry also has an obesity problem.

  • 15 years ago, the standard casket was 24″ wide.
  • Today, the standard casket is 27″ wide.

But we’re not here to talk about standard.

We’re talking about Super Sized caskets.

  • 15 years ago, the widest casket you could buy was 36″
  • Today, companies like Goliath Caskets build them up to 52″ wide, 8′ long and capable of holding someone who weighs between 800 and 1000 pounds.

And while those jumbo units aren’t the norm, Goliath sells between 6-12 of those 52 inchers every year along with another  3-4 various oversized caskets every week.



Hopefully, these 52″ models aren’t becoming the new normal.



Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

One thought on “Super Size My Casket

  • January 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Like they always say, you don’t usually see obese old people – because they end up in these caskets before they can get old!


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