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Obese Music Fans Force Venue To Increase Seat Size

Obese Music Fans Force Venue To Increase Seat Size

Market research in the UK reveals music fans are getting fatter…

Market research into the needs of music fans in Britain reveals that bigger seats are required for concert arenas.

In fitting with the new findings, Birmingham’s LG Arena, formerly known as the Birmingham NEC and currently in the midst of a £29million revamp, has had each of its 14,000 seats made an inch wider, providing the equivalent of 1,200 feet of extra space.


Phil Mead, managing director of the NEC group, said:

“Some of the seats were a bit narrow so during this refurbishment we’ve made some amends…

“The seats will be brought into line with what audiences attending contemporary concerts and events expect.”

Approximately 1.2 million Britons are clinically obese, and the latest NHS statistics show that more than 3,000 obesity operations are carried out each year. Research also reveals that one in three adults have no idea how much exercise is recommended in government guidelines.

Obesity is not a threat to an individual’s health but is also a bad influence on the ecology of the planet, according to environmental experts.

In England’s West Midlands region alone, 77 per cent of men are regarded as obese, and 62 of women are also bigger than they should be.

Dr Jeremy Tomlinson, of the University of Birmingham, said he was not surprised the seats had been made larger.

He said he thought it was only a matter of time before other sectors followed suit:

“Being unhealthily overweight or obese will be normal and shop doors will need to be wider, seat on trains and buses larger and we will need to be weighed with our luggage at airports…

“The range of clothes sizes and home furnishings will change as will those for the afterlife…

“Goliath coffins are already big business in the USA and we’re not behind America.”

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