The increasing weight gain of the Buddhists monks have raised concerns of the Health officials who have requested the Buddhists to offer healthier food as alms to the monks.
In a survey led by the deputy director general of public health, Amporn Bejapolpitak, reported that most of the Thai monks are obese as of two years ago, with and just over one-in-four suffering from health related issues like- diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and kidney problems.
She claims that since monks have no choice in choosing what is offered as alms and the lack of exercise and healthy food have adversely affected the monks.
Amporn has sincerely requested people to offer healthier foods like brown rice mixed with white rice, meat that has little fat, fish and unsweetened fruit as alms.
The deputy director general said, “The stress should be on steamed, boiled, grilled or baked [food] and to reduce sweet, oily and salty food, for example,” and similarly urged the monks to indulge in ppropriate exercise such as aerobics, stretching or cleaning their temples.
Source : Khaosodenglish
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