Feds Buy $17K of ‘Fat Vests’ for Student ‘Sensitivity Training’

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture expenditure is to dole out $17,500 in grant dollars to give students at New Mexico State University an idea of what it’s like to be overweight, using so-called fat vests.

The “weight sensitivity training” is part of an “empathy exercise,” the Washington Free Beacon reported. The money will be spent on providing 20-pound vests to thin people to wear in order that they might experience the not-so-thin life.

“Weight prejudice (a.k.a. anti-fat prejudice and weight bias) is the presence of negative beliefs, attitudes and behaviors toward individuals who appear to be overweight or obese,” states the grant given by the National institute of Food and Agriculture, the Washington Free Beacon reported.