Molly Farison, CEO of Lilypad Scales, makers of the first wheelchair scale designed for home use joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Weight Management Channels.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Molly Farison discuss the following:
- How did you come up with the Lilypad Scale?
- Why is weight important for wheelchair users?
- How is weight management different for wheelchair users?
- How do most wheelchair users currently weigh themselves?
- Would the Lilypad Scale be used by doctors?
Tip: Studies have shown that weighing yourself on a regular basis is an effective way to manage your weight!
Molly Farison is the co-founder and CEO of Lilypad Scales, a Boston based startup company making an easy-to-use home scale for wheelchair users. Weight management is critical for wheelchair users as every pound they gain is another pound they need to lift when they transfer onto the toilet, into the shower, into bed, or for any other daily activities. Yet, people who use wheelchairs are twice as likely to be obese compared to the general population.
Weighing yourself regularly as been shown to be an effective way to manage weight, but it has been unavailable to wheelchair users due to the prohibitive cost and bulky design. This has led to people going to extreme lengths to be weighed, using a dog scale at the vet or even a morgue scale in a hospital. Lilypad Scales solves these problems with its lightweight, portable scale design meant for use at home.