You might know what Obese means...
...But do you know how it Feels?

Experience, Educate, Empathise

The Obesity Empathy Suit

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+44 (0) 7725 33 46 47 or email

Call today on: +44 (0) 7725 33 46 47 or email


You know what obese means… But do you know how it feels?

Developed as part of a comprehensive obesity awareness program, the Obesity Empathy Suit is an invaluable tool used to promote a greater understanding of the day to day difficulties and challenges that are experienced by the clinically obese person.

Currently the Empathy Suit is being used worldwide by medical professionals for both education and training purposes, as well as by key opinion leaders working within the field of obesity.

Experience. Educate. Empathise.

About The Suit

In many cases, it is difficult for healthcare professionals who have never been overweight or obese, to truly relate to the experience of what it is like to be an obese person. Though they are well aware of the health risks relating to this condition they are largely unaware of the day to day discomfort and inconvenience that their patients might experience. In an effort to raise awareness whilst providing an innovative teaching tool we have developed the Two-Part Obesity Empathy Suit.

The suit replicates the appearance of an additional 15 Kg for women and 20 Kg for men of body fat. The wearer not only looks larger, but weighs more and is able to empathise by learning what it is like to carry out normal, daily activities as an obese person. The suits are handmade to order from high quality, durable fabric and materials and are available to order in both male and female versions.

The Obesity Empathy Suit is the go to choice for obesity simulation by both academic and medical professionals throughout the world.

Obesity Awareness

Worldwide, the prevalence of obesity has more than trebled in the last 25 years, a trend that is not slowing down. Experts in the field of obesity now state that obesity is responsible, and causes more ill health and disease related deaths than does smoking. Each year obesity related diseases are the cause of at least 2.8 million deaths worldwide, and is the fifth leading risk for global deaths.

The serious health risks that are associated with being overweight or obese are: coronary heart disease; cancer; stroke; diabetes; kidney failure; high blood pressure; and other major, life-altering conditions. Also to be considered are the associated psychological consequences that can come with obesity, such as: low self-esteem; anxiety; stress; clinical depression and a higher risk of suicide – often as a result of bullying and prejudice from peers.

The last worldwide study done by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years and older were overweight, and of these adults over 600 million adults were classed as obese. This means that overall 13% of the world’s adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) are now considered obese.

Obesity is not exclusively seen in adults however, with currently around 20% of children and adolescents being overweight, and 14% of children considered obese. Like adulthood obesity, childhood obesity is also strongly associated with many life-altering risk factors such as: Type 2 Diabetes; cardiovascular diseases; orthopaedic problems; mental disorders and lower self-esteem.

The most common method of measuring obesity is through the BMI scale. BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a measure of body fat based on weight and height, which applies to both men and women. If you have a BMI of 30 to 39.9 you are under the category of obese, and if you have a BMI of over 40 you are defined as being severely obese. A healthy BMI is from 18.5 to 24.9. Though the BMI scale is a powerful tool in diagnosing obesity, it is not always definitive as it does not take into account a person’s muscle mass. An additional way to measure of excess body fat is to measure a person’s waist circumference. Generally a man with a waist circumference of 94cm (or 37in), or a woman with a waist circumference of 80cm (or 31.5in), or greater is considered to be at a much higher risk of developing obesity-related health problems.

Obesity or being overweight, as well as their related conditions are diseases, are fortunately largely preventable. Ensuring a person has both a supportive environment and community is fundamental in shaping ones choices, making the choice of consuming healthier foods on a daily basis and partaking in regular physical activity can help prevent a person becoming overweight or obese.

How To Order

The Two-Part Obesity Empathy Suit
The two-part obesity empathy suit is available to order in both male and female versions, and is completely adjustable for a comfortable fit. It comprises of a lower body section worn similar to skiing salopettes, with supporting straps which fit comfortably over the shoulders, and an upper torso with an adjustable waist strap which is fastened at the rear with a heavy duty zip fastener.

The suit also comes in a durable polyurethane travel case with a set of clothes to fit the suit and a full set of usage instructions.

What comes with your order?

  • Large polyurethane travel case
  • 1 x Empathy Suit (Either male or female)
  • Clothing (Either male or female depending on your selection)
  • - Usage Instructions

How to place your order
To order your suit please send an email to stating which suit you are interested in ordering (male or female) and detail the delivery address of where you would like the Empathysuit to be sent, and the number of suits you require. We will send you a detailed quotation including shipping costs and can provide a pro-forma invoice, should you require one.

Various payment options are available including invoice (subject to status), company cheque and most major credit cards.

Contact Us

Our headquarters are based in the United Kingdom and our office hours are:
Monday - Friday
9.00am to 5.30pm

For all enquiries email us at:

Tel: +44 (0) 7725 33 46 47

Empathy Suit
319 Fleetwood Road
Thornton – Cleveleys