Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

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Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Post by SarathW » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:17 am

The monastery below sure has a real good one.

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Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Post by ieee23 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:38 pm

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:23 am
Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

This is something I always wondered.
Why do so many of them wear glasses too? :-)
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Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Post by ieee23 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:42 pm

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:23 am
Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

This is something I always wondered.
I'll admit that I am guessing, but based on what I have seen and read:

1. It is extremely unhealthy and promotes fat storage to clump all of your daily calories together.

2. Many monks probably over-fill themselves up at lunch knowing that will be it for the rest of the day.

3. Most don't get a lot of exercise for various reasons.

4. Much of the alms food I have seen at monasteries is very, very rich. People make special occasion food to gift to monks.
Whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. - MN 19

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Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Post by cappuccino » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:28 pm

because they don't drink enough water

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Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Post by Chula » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:53 am

Relevant article in the NYTimes:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/worl ... esity.html
Monks are at the forefront of the problem. Nearly half are obese, according to a study conducted by Chulalongkorn University. More than 40 percent have high cholesterol, nearly 25 percent have high blood pressure and one in 10 are diabetic, the study found.
Didn't realize how widespread the issue was.

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Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Post by DNS » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:44 am

ieee23 wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:38 pm
Why do so many of them wear glasses too? :-)
What wrong with wearing glasses? They are Buddhists, not the Khmer Rouge.
https://redditblog.com/2015/10/14/cambo ... llectuals/

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Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Post by SarathW » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:41 am

One major culprit? “Sugary drinks,” Professor Jongjit said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/worl ... esity.html
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