According to the researchers, if the hospital patients are made to wear fat suits this would possibly reveal the prejudices of the medical students against obese and overweight people.
It was found out by a study in the British Medical Journal that during research in Germany, more negative attitude was harbored by the medical students towards obesity than parents or teachers.
It was suggested by the scientists at the University of Tuebingen to take an ‘anti-fat attitudes test’ in which a role play will be done which featured the patients dressed up in fat suits, to authentically fake a patient with type II diabetes.
Extra weights were worn by the volunteers inside their suits to appear like an authentic obese person.
In the experiment, a total of two-hundred and seven student partook, where they played out a meeting between a patient with diabetes and a family doctor.
Following the role play, the participants were asked the degree to which they agree with the statements on a scale of 1-5, which were inclusive of ‘fat people are clumsy’ and ‘fat people don’t have any will power’.
It was showed by the study that students more agreed with the statements ‘most fat people are clumsy’, ‘if fat people had will they could lose weight’, and ‘there isn’t any excuse for being fat’.
It was stated by the research team that they strongly believe that integrating a fatness fakeness suit into the routine context of undergraduate medical teaching can be a valuable tool.
This would help raise the awareness of the medical students regarding communication encounters with obese patients.
The main goal of the research was to prepare the medical students to be engaged in weight management, as well as, obesity-related communications for preventing the patients from having stigmatizing experiences.