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Innovative Undergarment Design for Obese Population

Innovative Undergarment Design for Obese Population


Unmet Need: Comfortable, Natural Fiber Undergarment for Obese Population

The obese population in the United States amounts for more than 2/3 of the nation's population and currently there is no product on the market that provides comfort, support, while also reducing skin irritation. According to the CDC, more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults are categorized as obese, which estimate annual medical costs for this population is $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

The Technology:  Controlling Underwear Garment

WSU Researchers in the Department of Apparel, Merchandizing, Design, and Textiles (AMDT) have recently developed a novel garment to aid in providing comfortable, supportive undergarments that also have skin irritation and heat reduction properties. The garment is made of all natural fibers and has a unique construction to allow for moisture control in the torso that is particularly important to an obese or morbidly obese population. The garment has supportive qualities but does not compress, which allows the wearer to be less restricted while still feeling supported.


  • Obese Men or Women
  • Post Bariatric Surgery Population


  • Less-restrictive undergarment without compressive materials
  • Prevents irritation and resulting skin problems by reducing skin-on-skin contact
  • More cost-effective than other compression garments on the market

Patent Information:

U.S. Utility Patent Application Filed

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