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How the U.S. Coast Guard is dealing with America's obesity epidemic — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation
Seth Resnick / CORBIS
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he U.S. Coast Guard has reduced the passenger capacity of U.S. commercial vessels to reflect the growing weight of the average American. A boat's capacity used to be based on an assumed average of 160 pounds per passenger, but that’s been raised to 185 pounds. Florida pleasure-boat passenger David Kushner said he approved of the change. "Oh, God, yeah," said Kushner. "I'm 251 with sandals."

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