As new figures suggest that the number of obese people in England has almost doubled in twenty years; now, more than a quarter of the UK population is obese.
Responding to the data, Closomat warned how the issue has hidden hygiene implications, particularly when going to the toilet.
Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at the firm, said: “The WC in the average home is designed for ‘the average person. There is huge emphasis on the health issues associated with being obese; the hygiene issues are too often overlooked. But size impacts massively on a person’s daily life, their ability to perform everyday activities appropriately. It is a topic people need to be more aware of, because poor hygiene can lead to poor health.”
Adding: “If someone is obese, it affects their positioning over the pan, making it harder for them to pee and pooh accurately and without strain. Off-the-shelf- seats do not support the greater body mass correctly. Body mass affects the ability to reach and wipe effectively. There is increased risk of residue being left in contact with the skin, with all its associated health, wellbeing and odour implications.”
Closomat says its bespoke bariatric solutions can help with the issue and, in turn, improve toilet hygiene.