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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

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July 13, 2005

Written by C.N.

Fat Thai Policemen

Salon.com has an article that describes how policemen in Thailand who have waists larger than 40 inches are being told that they need to lose weight and to slim down:

Recent medical examinations of 4,150 police officers in Bangkok found that 49 percent have high cholesterol and are overweight, which is “an obstacle” in directing traffic, said a statement from the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Eighty-eight of the overweight officers whose waistlines ranged between 40 and 49 inches were ordered to join the “Smart Police,” a one-month weight-loss program.

Participants will have to eat according to doctors’ instructions and meet for daily exercise and evening meals at the Bangkok hospital sponsoring the program. . . . Those who do not show progress will also undergo acupuncture, a Chinese medical practice believed to help cure many ills, including obesity.

Now if they could only do this for New York City police officers . . .


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