Donating your body to science? Nobody wants a chubby corpse

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  1. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 11 years ago

    Donating your body to science? Nobody wants a chubby corpse
    By JoNel Aleccia

    It’s a rare day when Richard Drake turns down a dead body, but last week, he had no choice.

    At 6-foot-1 and 350 pounds, the deceased in question was simply too big for the Cleveland Clinic Body Donation Program, which provides specimens for anatomy classes at the Lerner College of Medicine and elsewhere.
    Officials at some whole body donation programs in the United States tell they’ve turned away corpses that are too fat for scientific study. Others say the bigger issue is that potential donors simply don’t sign up once they learn of weight limits that can be as low as 170 pounds, but generally top out at 300 pounds. … bby-corpse
    too fat to be used for medical science?hmm

    1. MelissaVsWorld profile image82
      MelissaVsWorldposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I have heard of such things before.  In some ways, I can see where weight could be an issue, but in such situations they should harvest any organs which can be used.  The argument against this will undoubtedly be that once someone hits a certain weight, their organs are most likely not suitable for much due to the damage being overweight can cause.

    2. yolanda yvette profile image60
      yolanda yvetteposted 11 years agoin reply to this


  2. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image84
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 11 years ago

    That's pretty sad.  I can't help but wonder if organs were wasted that could have saved someone's life.

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Whole body donation is for anatomy study by medical students, not organs.  And I imagine they are limited by what can go on the table, through the door and fit in the chiller--fat levels may also effect the preservative methods and easy of access to the body parts they are meant to be studying.  It is not like they care is the body is "pretty" just whether they can use it as a teaching tool.

  3. raqibdede profile image60
    raqibdedeposted 11 years ago

    Your  extraordinary people

  4. Hendrika profile image71
    Hendrikaposted 11 years ago

    I am surprised, I would have thought it can be used to see exactly what the damage of overweight is.

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    Muldaniaposted 11 years ago

    So, it seems even after we have died, we still are expected to worry about our weight.  Body image surely shouldn't be something the dead need to concern themsleves with.

  6. Cassie Smith profile image60
    Cassie Smithposted 11 years ago

    Wow, who knew that scientists were prejudiced against fat people in death.

  7. rlaha profile image59
    rlahaposted 11 years ago

    Hmm... while I can understand that an obese person may have less healthy organs for organ donation, I am saddened by this person's plight.  At least someone should have autopsied to find out if there were any obesity related diseases just for the sake of testing to find out. It would have helped to lessen the curiosity.

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Whole body donation is not organ donation.

      1. rlaha profile image59
        rlahaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I understand that. But if you donate your whole body to science, then wouldn't your organs also be donated?


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