Obesity

USDA Pays $17,500 for College Students to Wear Fat Vests

Government-funded study to promote ‘weight sensitivity training’

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is paying a researcher $17,500 to make students at New Mexico State University wear a fat vest for “weight sensitivity training.” The 20-pound fat vest will be worn for an “empathy exercise” so non-obese students can experience what it is like to be obese. The premise of the project is to fight “weight prejudice.”

Airline to Implement ‘Pay as You Weigh’ Policy

First to charge overweight customers extra

Samoa Air will become the first airline to charge customers on a per-kilo rate, the Australian Sunday Morning Herald reports. The airline’s chief executive hopes the system, which will charge obese passengers more to fly, will raise public awareness to the growing problem of obesity in Samoa.

Weight Watchers

Feds Tell Obese to Get Counseling

A federal health advisory panel said Monday that “all obese adults” should “receive intensive counseling” for their weight problems.