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Hospital orders nurses to wear fat suit so they learn to be more sensitive to fat people

By Mason White 12:44 PM December 31, 2013
Before and after worker wearing the fat suit 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A Hospital in the United Kingdom, is teaching their nurses to be more understanding of obese patients.

Hospital staff got into a fat suit so they can feel what it is to be obese. They laid down in a bed with the suit, and then they tried to get out of bed while wearing the fat suit. Most people needed help getting out of bed.

The fat suits made the staff feel as if they weigh 560 pounds. This allowed them to better understand and be better equipped to deal with obese patients.

About 1,000 members of Peterborough City Hospital in Cambridgeshire, put on the fat suit, which cost about $1,600 each.

The fat suit restricts the movement of the person wearing the suit. It allows the person to actually feel and understand how obese people move in real life.

The training method came after health experts warned doctors to be more “respectful and understanding” towards obese patients.

Anna Rushby, 51, who works at the hospital and has worn the suit, said: “The suit gets very hot, so it can only be used for short periods of time. When you are using the suit you can understand how heavy patients feel. We treat heavier patients as we do any other patient. This training helped us better understand their needs in order to make them feel more comfortable.”