A doctor on This Morning claimed wearing a five stone fat suit made her realise how 'difficult and frustrating' it must be to be obese - and admitted it's made her more empathetic towards overweight patients.
Last week we reported how German scientists claimed patients should wear 'fat suits' to teach medical students not to discriminate against obese people.
The researchers said the stigma attached to obesity means fat patients are often treated with less respect by medical professionals, and they believe obesity simulation suits could help teach doctors to be more respectful.
To test out the theory, Dr Zoe Williams, 39, wore the suit for a typical day, during which she went to work and to the gym to do a circuits workout.
This Morning doctor Zoe Williams claimed wearing a five stone fat suit made her realise how 'difficult and frustrating' it must be to be obese
Dr Zoe admitted the experience has made her more empathetic towards overweight patients
She admitted just walking around was 'really quite tough' as she felt 'pressure on her joints', and even felt 'offended' by an article in a newspaper about obesity.
'I feel like I've already done a work out,' she said as she arrived at the gym, where her trainer put her through her paces.
Afterwards, during a discussion with This Morning hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes and guest Steve Miller, aka the weightloss guru, Dr Zoe said the experience had made her feel more empathy towards overweight people.
'It allowed me to just see that I actually had weight bias that I wasn't aware of,' she explained.
Steve Miller (right) argued that the money spent on the £2,000 suits is a waste and would be better off going towards dementia care
Dr Zoe said wearing the suit made her realise she had 'weight bias' that she wasn't aware of
'If I think back to when I was first at medical school, I wasn't as empathetic as I am now. I think that this can make a difference.'
But Steve, who has lost four stone, strongly disagreed, claiming the money spent on the £2,000 suits is a waste and would be better off going towards dementia care.
He said Brits are 'too kind' and have an 'empathy as deep as the Pacific ocean' when it comes to looking after people and helping them to lose weight.
'In this country we are terrified of telling