One thousand people at hospital in the UK are being trained in a program that involves wearing a special bariatric suit.
Multiple studies have found that medical professionals are often unkind to fat patients. That is, of course, a spectacular failure in upholding the primum non nocere oath by which heath care workers swear. But at Peterborough City Hospital, the thinking is that if there's an uptick in obese patients, it's important to know what you're dealing with. Moving and handling trainer Rolf Stobbart tells BBC News: "Having the staff prepared — and pre-prepared — with the knowledge of dealing with a bariatric patient, it's not different techniques, it's techniques we already use, but in a different format."