The obesity epidemic is forcing New Zealand funeral directors to introduce larger caskets and look for larger plots for burials.
Big people are creating bigger problems for funeral directors and cemeteries.
South Auckland's Manukau Memorial Gardens is now planning to open an area with larger plots, in response to the obesity epidemic.
Former All Black and now funeral director, Va'aiga Tuigamala, says the problem is widespread. He told Newstalk ZB suppliers are having to change their casket sizings, to meet demand, "an extra large or oversize casket is now considered a medium to small casket", he said. While bigger caskets and plots are also putting cost pressures on families planning funerals.