'Fit and firm' for traffic police
- Published: 8/03/2013 at 02:11 PM
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Traffic police with big bellies will be asked to join a diet programme, with the target group being officers with waistlines larger than 36 inches, about 92 centimetres, and a body mass index over 30.
It is hoped it will not only improve their health, but also their personalities.
Pol Maj Gen Uthaiwan Kaeosaat, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said 50 officers from Division 5 will take part in the first diet programme, which will be supervised by Kluaynamthai hospital.
The aim is for each officer to lose six kilogrammes in two months. The officer who drops the most fat will receive a 5,000 baht prize.
He said traffic policemen have to wake up early and usually finish work late. This means they have unhealthy eating and sleeping habits conducive to a number of diseases, including obesity.
Overweight traffic cops will have to lose six kilogrammes in two months. (File Photo)
Getting healthy would also improve their personality. Slimmer, healthier police would also project a better image for the country as all Asean countries move toward the launch of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015
The programme will be expanded to cover other divisions in the city police force in the future, Pol Maj Gen Uthaiwan said.
He said health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are quite common in Thailand. Several police bureaus had organised their own programmes to help improve their people's health, particularly exercise and diet courses.
Thailand is not the only country worried about fat policeman.
Vietnam on Wednesday announced that traffic police who are too short or overweight will be taken off the streets of Hanoi and put behind a desk - an effective demotion - under a plan to polish the public image of traffic police.
In December Hanoi police chief Nguyen Duc Chung ordered the capital's traffic police to clean up their image to restore public trust.
And last year, the Philippines organisd an eight-month exercise programme for around 3,000 policemen deemed overweight.
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