DÉLHI — INDIA
The police chief in Karnataka state in southwest India has determined that overweight safety officers will have to go through diets and exercise or be suspended. According to Bhaskar Rao, the decision was made after the death of more than 100 policemen in the last 18 months due to lifestyle-related illnesses.
Officers were instructed to identify the obese policemen and put them into an exercise routine to help them lose weight. According to Rao, there is concern about the growing number of overweight agents among the force’s 14,000 police officers, who specialize in the safety of large events and control of riots.
— We started the process of monitoring sugar and other health indicators six months ago — Rao told the BBC. — The last circular saying that they will be suspended and lose their jobs is a threat to those who care less about health.
According to the official, the numbers point to the urgency of the measure:
— Over the past 18 months, 153 of our men have died. Of these, 24 died in car accidents and nine committed suicide. The rest died of lifestyle-related diseases such as heart problems and diabetes — he said.
The diet of the cops, Rao said, is based on dishes with fried rice. In addition, many agents smoke, drink, and exercise. For this reason, commanders were instructed “to routinely monitor each officer’s body mass index.”
To help with the weight-loss mission, the academy began offering swimming, yoga, and other sports classes to police officers.
— “Of course the exercise regimen is conducted after medical examinations and activities are decided according to medical recommendations” — Rao said.
SOURCE: Extra and BBC Brazil
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