Results for - Thailand is putting its Buddhist monks on a diet!

3,175 voters participated in this survey

More than 90% of Thailand's population follows Buddhism and the monks here are held in high regard, but there is growing concern about their health: Thailand's monks are gaining too much weight. Thailand's National Health Commission Office says there are nearly 349,000 monks in Thailand, and almost half are considered overweight or obese. There are several factors, but it largely centers around the morning routine -- and the changing nature of the offerings placed into the monk's pails. The monks aren't able to control their own diet -- it's at the mercy of the offerings they receive each morning. Traditionally, those alms are calorie-rich foods. Eager believers often hand out rich meals or sugary snacks in an effort to please

1. Do you think the calorie rich food (fast food) that we eat today is responsible for the obesity we see in this world?

Yes
68%
2,117 votes
No
12%
380 votes
Undecided
19%
603 votes

2. According to Professor Jongjit Angkatavanich from Thailand, the monks are experiencing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, eye issues and osteoarthritis in knees. Do you agree that receiving fast food as the alms is causing these chronic health conditions among Buddhist monks?

Yes
53%
1,630 votes
No
12%
378 votes
Undecided
35%
1,092 votes

3. Do you think that monks/priests should avoid eating outside food (and cook their own)?

Yes
51%
1,586 votes
No
16%
495 votes
Undecided
33%
1,019 votes

4. Do you think that just dieting can help someone with losing weight?

Yes
43%
1,347 votes
No
35%
1,076 votes
Undecided
22%
677 votes

5. Would you consider the donors (that donate fast food to monks) responsible for ruining these monks health?

Yes
28%
854 votes
No
38%
1,173 votes
Undecided
35%
1,073 votes
11/23/2019 Health & Fitness 3175 46 By: Tellwut

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