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"With computers and technology, I think people are more apt to play on their phones and sit at their desks than exert any type of physical activity," says Ms. Waters. "We're always look- ing for diets, and try- ing to eat right," adds Ms. Merrill. "But from a financial point of view, the burger deal at McDonalds is a lot cheaper than trying to buy spinach and kale and make salad, or buying berries at $5.99 a pound." They're all right, says Dr. Sinha. "It's multi-factorial," he says. Thanks to machinery and technology, we aren't nearly as active as we were 40 or 50 years ago. "Even the act of getting up to change your TV channel is a foreign idea," he points out. "And to get up and answer the phone is no longer necessary." For an extra quarter, we're "super-sizing," he says. "We've created a belief that bigger is better value for money. Watch anybody at a buffet line. How many times do they go back? They're trying to get value for money. And because you're eating so fast, your brain doesn't have a chance to get the signal from the stomach that you're full. You come out overstuffed. You realize it later, but by that time you've consumed the calories." It's a trend that could get much worse before it gets better — if it gets better at all — and one that healthcare providers need to come to grips with. They need to know how to safely — and sensitively — treat their super-sized patients. OSM O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 7 • FEEL THEIR PAIN Most facilities don't provide sensitivity training regarding obese patients. They should, say experts.

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