Increased interest of topics on obesity and space design

About four years back or so, there was a wave of media coverage on the topic of bariatric treatment.  A good deal of the surge came from numerous TV and print journal articles on the rise in obesity among Americans – both adults and kids.

However, since sometime in 2014, the topic has ebbed… to keep the wave theme going.  In part, there were some small indications that obesity was peaking.  It’s also possible that obesity and bariatrics became sort of the “topic du jour” as far as the news cycle goes – or to paraphrase the old adage: today’s headlines are tomorrow recycling.

What is both fascinating and somewhat disturbing is that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have published obesity statistics only up to 2014.  It’s obvious obesity didn’t just stop in 2014, especially since the data at that time showed that close to 30 percent of the adult population (age 18 and up) in the U.S. was obese.  Our point being, when it comes to this serious, chronic public health issue, no one waived a magic wand and it simply went away.  Still, the lack of coverage on the topic was noticeable.

Recent bariatric resources

In an article in the January 2017 issue of Health and Heath Networks entitled, Obesity: Chronic Condition, Not a Character Flaw, author Geri Aston writes on how weight-loss programs are now taking a more holistic, personalized approach that balances medical and behavioral treatment.

And the Winter 2017 edition of Environments for Aging magazine carried an article entitled Creating supportive bariatric environments by authors Meldrena Chapin and Kathryn Rutledge, which speaks to how the obesity rates among seniors are increasing and that senior communities must consider appropriate furnishings, equipment and space to benefit residents and staff.

Design is a critical tool in improving long-term clinical outcomes for bariatric patients

Respecting patient dignity and delivering optimal clinical care are primary issues, as are establishing procedures for safeguarding the health and well-being of these patients and their caregivers.

To get a better understanding of the bariatric design landscape, download our Bariatric Design White Paper where we break down statistics on obesity and the design considerations that healthcare architects, designers and facilities need to be aware of.

Topics covered are:

  • Obesity statistics
  • Common terms, definitions and standards
  • Bariatric design trends
  • Evidence-based design
  • Design factors for bariatric spaces (Entrances/Routes, Patient Rooms/Bathrooms, Diagnostic/Treatment Spaces, and Lobbies/Waiting Rooms)

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