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.”
A federal health advisory panel said Monday that “all obese adults” should “receive intensive counseling” for their weight problems.
First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that she “applauds” Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large soft drinks in New York City.
The American government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to understand obesity and have emerged with relatively simple answers.
As part of an anti-obesity campaign funded by the 2009 stimulus, taxpayer dollars are being used to lobby local governments to create so-called “fat taxes” on sugary foods and sodas, something Republican lawmakers say is patently illegal.