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Eat, pray, exercise: Thailand’s monks battle weight problems

BANGKOK: Every morning Buddhist monk Pipit Sarakitwinon takes walks around his temple and does hundreds of arm exercises, part of a new regimen aimed at shedding pounds as a health overhaul for members of the clergy gathers pace in Thailand. Followers have been showering monks -- who are deeply respected in the kingdom -- with foods loaded with sugar, fat and oil, contributing to a brewing health crisis. "Before I dieted I could barely walk 100 metres without getting tired", Pipit, 63, told AFP during a medical…