PJ, a personal trainer in Brunswick has decided to stack on 40kg (on his current 80kg) and maintain that weight for 3 months, then lose it through diet and exercise at the gym with his clients, so that he can understand what they are going through. Interesting idea. Not sure if I had the choice I would do it myself, but if it helps other people to be healthier then go for it.
What I found interesting was the comment by Prof Swinburn, director of the World Health Organisation Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. He says that a better way, health wise, for PJ to understand what his clients are going through is to wear a fat suit.
While I think wearing a fat suit can help people understand some of the issues about being large, I don’t think it really gives you a real insight into living large, primarily because at the end of the day you can take it off. A fat suit doesn’t really allow you to experience actual body fat. [edited to delete offensive nuances ~Mindy) Rather like those fake pregnancy bellies they get some men to strap on that are just heavy, but don’t really show what it’s like to be sharing your body. But that’s another argument.
You should know, PJ is an aspiring actor and plans to make a documentary out of this as well. So what do you think? Is this a legitimate way to help clients? Is he exploiting people, or could this genuinely lead to something helpful?