America's Expanding Waistlines Mean New Rules for the Coast Guard

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Earlier this year, the US Coast Guard issued new rules regulating the allowable weight for commercial vessels.  They re-calculated the average person's individual weight based on the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  According to the survey, the average weight is 185 pounds, up from 160 back in 1960.  Bill Peters is a Naval Architect who wrote the rule.