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Super-sized toilet seat sales 'double'6th of September 2011
Sales of extra large toilet seats, which can carry up to 381kg, have doubled in the past two years, a UK company has said.
Bathroom supplies firm Gordon Ellis, in Castle Donington, started selling the seats, which are 75 per cent larger than standard, after seeing them in the US. It said their success was probably down to expanding waistlines.
Sales director Steven Evanson said: "Every statistic in recent years shows people are getting larger."
The company makes and sells bathroom equipment to fit particular needs and Evanson said the super-sized toilet seat was another example of this.
"Toilet seats in general are fairly small compared to an ordinary chair so these seats provide extra seating area for the flesh," he said.
"There are a lot of people who are slightly overweight and some who are a lot overweight - this is designed for those people."
The seats have also been bought by tall and large-framed people with a healthy weight, Evanson said.
He added that the company was now introducing an extra wide commode chair into its range.