updated 3/7/2006 5:28:52 PM ET 2006-03-07T22:28:52

Toilets may need to get sturdier as a result of the country’s increasingly obese population.

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Standards Australia, a nongovernment group that establishes safety and design standards, is considering recommending stronger loos for larger users, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The current industry standard for toilet seats is 100 pounds, and Standards Australia is looking to increase it to 330 pounds, spokeswoman Kate Evans said.

Steve Cummings, head of research and development at toilet maker Caroma Dorf, told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph that toilet seats need to be strengthened for larger Australians.

“If you are going to sit on it, you want it to hold you,” he said.

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