As World Obesity Increases, Scales Can't Keep Up

The maximum weighting capacity of the standard bathroom scale is being outstripped by the eating capacity of Americans.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports a global rise in the sale of bathroom scales.

But the increase is posing a problem for scale-manufacturers and public health officials alike:

Globally, manufacturers of bathroom scales are in dilemma regarding the maximum weighing capacity of a bathroom scale. There is no uniformity, when it boils down to maximum weighing capacity of bathroom scales manufactured by different companies in different countries. For instance, in the US, a typical bathroom scale can weigh up to 180 kilograms, whereas, in most of the other countries it is in the range of 125 kilograms. However, there is an occasional demand for scales that can weigh more than 150 kilograms in many countries. Presently, retailers meet the customers' demand by supplying industrial scales, which do not have the innovative features of modern bathroom scales.


The World Health Organization has reported that the South Pacific has surpassed the United States in obesity and that Europe is catching up fast. Since 180 kg works out to be almost 400 pounds, wouldn't it make sense to do away with higher numbers and just replace them with alarm bells?