Schools across the country are pioneering big changes in the classroom–to accomodate the 17 percent of U.S. children who are overweight or
obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Huffington Post reports. Schools have started to provide separate chairs and desks for the increasing number of students who cannot fit into regularschool desks, CNN reports, and the manufacturers of the school furniture have begun increasing the size of the desks and chairs for future students. The figure for overweight or obese children in the U.S. has tripled from just one generation ago, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I was so large, I couldn’t fit in there,” 19-year-old Taylor LeBaron told CNN about his school experience. “I couldn’t get my legs to fit underneath the desk or my stomach to fit between the chair without getting the desk stuck with me.”

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