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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