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Americans Are Now Fat Enough to Require Lower Passenger Limits on Boats

The Coast Guard's assumed average weight per person is jumping by nearly 30 pounds.


We told you before that Americans are now fat enough to require larger buses, ambulances, and crash test dummies. Now we need bigger boats, too.

Hot on the heels of the Federal Transit Administration increasing its average passenger weight for buses to 175 pounds, the U.S. Coast Guard has itself begun planning for heavier boating enthusiasts. Noting a need (pdf) to update safety regulations "to more accurately reflect today's average weight per person," the Coast Guard is kicking up its "Assumed Average Weight per Person" (AAWP), which has been 160 pounds for years. As of December 1, 2011, the AAWP will go to 185 pounds, meaning an eight-ton capacity boat will now only be allowed to hold 86 people instead of 100.

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Why Doesn't the Los Angeles Unified School District Want Jamie Oliver's Help?

LAUSD has banned the popular chef from filming the second season of Food Revolution in the city's public schools. What gives?

The second season of Jamie Oliver's hit reality series Food Revolution is heading to Los Angeles—but you won't see any of the city's public schools on camera. The Los Angeles Unified School District is refusing to allow Oliver to film in any of its cafeterias.

Oliver told the Los Angeles Times, "I can’t get my foot into a single school. Which is a bit of a shame really. It just doesn’t seem in the interest of the public really. It’s not a great start for me, to be honest.”

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