Latest trend: Hospitals build bigger rooms to accommodate obese patients

The revamped 17-story Parkland Hospital in Dallas features 862 single-patient rooms that are ready to accommodate a growing number of obese patients,The New York Times reports. It's a trend at hospitals across the country but few are on the scale of Parkland's design, according to the article. Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, and as the numbers continue to rise, hospitals around the country invest in equipment to accommodate more plus-sized patients. Hospital leaders designed the new facility with the obese population in mind. "The bariatric population," generally defined as patients with a body mass index of 40 or higher, "wasn't an afterthought," Kathy Harper, vice president of clinical coordination, new campus construction at Parkland, told The Times. Article