Biting More Than Crime
Posted on Oct 16, 2009
Waistlines in Mexico City’s police force are expanding, with at least 70 percent of its membership classified as overweight. In response, a new diet program is being implemented for officers that suggests they “balance” poor diets with vegetables and other healthy alternatives.
The Associated Press:
Some Mexico City cops are taking a bite out of more than crime. The Mexican capital is putting its 1,300 of its heaviest police officers on a diet, concerned about rapidly expanding waistlines in the force.
At least 70 percent of the 70,000-member force is overweight, said Nora Frias, the city’s Public Safety deputy secretary for citizen participation. The diet program will start with the officers with the most serious weight-related health problems.
“We can’t tell them, ‘Don’t eat sandwiches and tacos,’” Frias said. “What we can tell them is if you eat one sandwich today, if you eat three tacos today, then balance it with some vegetables.”
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Seven in 10 Mexico City police officers are classified as overweight.