Thailand sends overweight police officers to fat reduction camp

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Authorities in Thailand are sending overweight Police officers to mandatory  weight-loss training camp as part of nation-wide program aptly called “Belly Destruction”.

After a successful two-week pilot program, police stations in Thailand decided to send their fattest officers to the Central Police Training Center in Pak Chong, Thailand so they can take part in intense physical activity designed to adjust the size of their bellies.

Each Thai Police station will periodically send two to three overweight officers to the camp, where they will work out, ride bicycles and adopt a healthy diet to lose weight as fast as possible.

The Belly destruction exercise started gaining attention after photos of overweight policemen taking part in the daily exercise went viral online few days ago.

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“There are so many problems if you’re a fat cop,” Senior Sgt. Maj. Sornpetch Chantarak, a dietary enforcer in the new program, said. “You work slow and move slow as you go tumbling about. That’s unacceptable if you’re an officer tasked with arresting criminals, since you have to be deft and go quickly.”

More than 200 officers reportedly took part in the Belly Destruction pilot, and the positive result moved authorities to implement the program indefinitely.

According to local news report, Thai police officers weighing up to 200 kilograms managed to lose up to 60 kilos of extra weight, while slightly overweight officers (around 80 kg) shed up to 20 kg.

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The photos show that officers sent to the camp had their heads shaved and had to strip down to the waist to expose their bellies. They were reportedly given individual ID cards where their weights before and after the program are recorded to track their progress.

There were many reactions online when the photos were first posted on the Love Police Facebook page. Many people commended the officers for working hard to shed extra weight.

“It’s good you’re losing some. I always see cops chugging beer while patrolling. How are you supposed to catch criminals like that?” one Facebook user wrote.

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