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Good cop/Fat cop?

Should Dubai take a leaf out of Pakistan’s book and tell its overweight security guards/ policemen to go on a diet?


June 19, 2012 5:51 by

Policemen in Punjab have been given an ultimatum: either lose the fat or lose their job by July 1st. According to reports, over 175,000 police personnel in Punjab have been warned to keep their waistlines below 38 inches if they want to keep their job. Punjab’s police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said the overweight policemen in the force are ineffective and cannot “chase bandits, robbers and other criminals properly.”

And though Kipp is still sniggering at the story, we do see significant wisdom in the words of the Punjab police chief. In fact, we can’t help but think of the many pot-bellied police and security guards here in the UAE—you know the ones, bushy mustaches, rounded stomachs with grumpy looks on their faces. Chances are you could walk away with a handful of diamonds before the lumpy security at the mall managed to catch up with you.

We are being harsh, yes we know—but maybe we are just reacting to the findings of a recent study which claims half of the world’s 10 fattest countries are in the Middle East. According to The BioMedical Study, after the USA, Kuwaitis are some of the largest people in the world. Of course, the people of Qatar, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain followed closely in the top ten fat-list. Yikes. Alarming statistics, thinks Kipp–perhaps the security and police forces should lead by example?


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