Backlash after Egyptian President Tells Citizens to Lose Weight | Newser Health

Backlash after Egyptian President Tells Citizens to Lose Weight | Newser Health

backlash after Egyptian president tells
citizens to lose weight Cairo President Abdel Fattah el-sissi is
demanding Egyptians lose weight in televised comments earlier this month
the general turned president railed about the number of overweight people he
sees and told Egyptians they must take better care of themselves
he said physical education should become a core curriculum at schools and
universities and suggested TV shows shouldn’t like presenters or guests on
the air if they are overweight the next morning before sunrise
he drove his point home by energetically cycling to the National Military Academy
in Cairo suburb in black sweatpants a dark top and a matching baseball hat he
told cadets that he was adamant they wouldn’t leave basic training before
fulfilling fitness requirements it was the typical style of el Sisi who sees
even the smallest minutiae as meeting his shaping and weighs in on anything
from road building to filmmaking often while scolding and harangue Egyptians to
correct their behavior but LCCC’s critics said he was fat shaming and
taking an elitist approach to a problem whose roots lie to a large extent in
poverty they also criticized him for not offering concrete plans to combat
obesity and spread Fitness prices for food particularly fruits and vegetables
have spiraled because of economic reforms introduced by el Sisi often
making cheaper junk foods more appealing no one disputes that Egypt has a weight
problem one in three Egyptians suffers from
obesity the world’s highest rate according to a 2017 global study by the
University of Washington’s Institute for Health metrics and evaluation it’s found
thirty five percent of adults some 19 million people in the country of 100
million are obese again the world’s highest rates as well as 10.2 percent of
Egyptian children or around 3.6 el-sissi who often tells Egyptians they
must buckle down and accept hardships to get through hard times said they must
change their habits to shed the fat the second I walk into any place I look at
things you cannot possibly imagine I would notice and I asked myself what is
this who are these people why are these people not looking after themselves al
says he said in the December 15th comments he derided Egyptians for not
walking enough and laughing turn to his Prime Minister seated next to him and
told him not to put on weight Egypt’s pro-government media prominently
trumpeted his comments Parliament packed by his supporters has said it intends to
introduce legislation making physical education part of the core curriculum
med schools similarly his Education Minister said students taking a tenth
stop ride on the Cairo Metro should get off two stops early and walk to their
destination as a form of exercise in social media possibly the only platform
of relatively free speech left in Egypt the response was more critical
some said el-sissi was removed from reality or speaks his mind without
weighing his words first a flood of jokes spilled forth on Twitter and
Facebook playing on the risks of being too fat under a president whose security
forces have arrested thousands in a widespread crackdown against dissent one
joke that went viral told of people in the car sucking in their bellies as they
approached a police checkpoint another has a man asking to hide at a friend’s
house from police until he loses weight mother a man informs on his overweight
wife to authorities on the phone LC sees comments laid bare a great deal
of elitism said novelist and socio political analyst Amara liason they are
symptomatic of an authoritarian ruler who’s convinced he’s on a mission that
he alone knows what is in the public interest while everyone else is ignorant
of the lofty goals in his head since taking office in 2014 el-sissi has
depicted himself as trying to refashion egypt into a prosperous stable and
modern nation but he has made sure there is no one influential or brave enough to
question any of his policies or offer alternatives he wants angrily told
Egyptians to listen to him alone and shouted down a lawmaker who suggested
delaying the lifting of subsidies this month he declared he did not allow
feasibility studies to be the deciding factor on the multi-billion dollar
projects he has embarked on some of his policies have seen successes the country
is slowly recovering from the economic slump it suffered in the years after a
2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak security has improved but
el-sissi has also sought to quash any opposition jailing thousands of
Islamists along with secular pro-democracy activists silencing
critics in the media reversing freedoms won in the 2011 uprising and winning a
second term in office this year after authorities jailed potentially serious
challengers or intimidated them out of the race some longtime el-sissi critics
commended him for drawing attention to the need to fight obesity but they
pointed out that Egypt’s poor majority cannot afford to eat healthy when a diet
of sugar and carbs is cheaper the president’s concerned with health and
weight should not be taken against him negative or I a rights lawyer banned by
authorities from travel wrote on Facebook poverty never stopped anyone
from exercising Mohammed sorry another rights lawyer
said Dell says he needs to enable Egyptians to lose weight rather than
ordering them to exercise he needs to make healthy food available at low
prices set up venues where people can exercise and allow emergency obesity
operations to be performed under the cover of the state’s medical care system
he said


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    Newser Allen40

    In televised comments earlier this month, the general-turned-president railed about the number of overweight people he sees and told Egyptians they must take better care of themselves. He said physical education should become a core curriculum at schools and universities and suggested TV shows shouldn’t let presenters or guests on the air if they are overweight.

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    Newser Allen40

    在本月早些時候的電視講話中,這位普通總統譴責他看到的超重人數,並告訴埃及人他們必須更好地照顧自己。 他說,體育教育應該成為學校和大學的核心課程,並建議電視節目不要讓主持人或嘉賓在超重的情況下播出。

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