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(Sydney Morning Herald)   5'9" student leaves Maine for a year in Egypt as a foreign exchange student. Host family starves him down to 97 pounds (with scary pic)   (smh.com.au) divider line 250
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2008-02-27 07:27:18 PM
Before anyone starts Muslim-bashing in here, the host family were "Coptic Christians"
 
2008-02-27 07:40:57 PM
i should try that diet plan.
 
2008-02-27 07:47:11 PM
He'll come back to Maine and put on 300 lbs. like all the other fatass motherfarkers in this state.
 
2008-02-27 08:01:58 PM
I call foul.

Submitter makes it look like Egypt was somehow to blame (like egypt doesn't have food).

But

Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year, a regimen unmatched by other Christians.

It was stupid religious shiat.
 
2008-02-27 08:04:02 PM
When I was an exchange student, there was an urban legend about a girl who went to Belgium, gained so much weight that her parents didn't recognize her at the airport after a year.

Considering the food/beer/chocolate in Belgium, I'm now pretty convinced it happened.
 
2008-02-27 08:05:41 PM
so....start this as an exchange program for fat camps?

the 'vacation diet'
 
2008-02-27 08:07:29 PM
RealFarknMcCoy2: Before anyone starts Muslim-bashing in here, the host family were "Coptic Christians"

I honestly would have been shocked if it had been Muslims. In my experience, they will feed you until you feel like a Monty Python sketch, and even then keep offering you more and more.

It is not easy go get a Muslim family to stop feeding you once you have been invited into their home.

/at least, that's how it was in Morocco
 
2008-02-27 08:08:38 PM
Hint - Don't go to farking Egypt.
 
2008-02-27 08:08:57 PM
Sooooo, why didnt he eat street vendor food, or have the people who were urging him to change famalies feed him a little?
 
2008-02-27 08:09:37 PM
Why didn't he write home asking for Protein bars?
 
2008-02-27 08:09:50 PM
I can't believe he wasn't able to find food anywhere, and he didn't complain.
 
2008-02-27 08:10:01 PM
I think everyone is well aware muslim families will fatten up their foreign exchange students in order to eat them.
 
2008-02-27 08:10:10 PM
"a family of Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year"

Farking nutjob idiots.
 
2008-02-27 08:10:16 PM
We need to free the shiat out of Egypt.
 
2008-02-27 08:10:24 PM
you can't starve the willing... or something

this kid was a dumbass.
 
2008-02-27 08:10:29 PM
You know who else starved his victims?
 
2008-02-27 08:10:35 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen: The exchange student diet plan..

/but wait
//call now
///lose thrice as much
 
2008-02-27 08:10:47 PM
mamoru: RealFarknMcCoy2: Before anyone starts Muslim-bashing in here, the host family were "Coptic Christians"

I honestly would have been shocked if it had been Muslims. In my experience, they will feed you until you feel like a Monty Python sketch, and even then keep offering you more and more.

It is not easy go get a Muslim family to stop feeding you once you have been invited into their home.

/at least, that's how it was in Morocco


You've been to Morocco and associated with Mooslems? No-Fly List for you!
 
2008-02-27 08:11:09 PM
i148.photobucket.com

/send her next
 
2008-02-27 08:12:06 PM
I gained 10 pounds drinking gatorade and vodka.In febuary.With beef sammiches.Nothing to do here but watch the chicago bulls.Wait..
 
2008-02-27 08:12:14 PM
Did he at least get anti-freeze?
 
2008-02-27 08:12:56 PM
"The truth is, the boy we hosted for nearly six months was eating for an hour and a half at every meal. The amount of food he ate at each meal was equal to six people,

OY....bigboy, you here 4 hour, you go now ! Why you eat meat ? You need vegtable! You scare my wife,
 
2008-02-27 08:13:31 PM
tweeker
 
2008-02-27 08:13:41 PM
a friend of mine is coptic christian and spending the year in egypt working for habitat for humanity. most of his family is still over there (and they are all coptic) and it sounds like they are feeding him quite a bit. is this whole fasting for 200 days thing standard? doesn't sound right to me, but i will admit i know quite little about the specifics of coptic christianity.
 
2008-02-27 08:14:31 PM
wow, the girl on the far left actually looks thin even with her belly hanging out when she stands next to that schoolbus.
 
2008-02-27 08:14:34 PM
One of the things you're supposed to be figuring out by living abroad is how to take care of yourself in a strange and challenging environment.

Looks like this dipshiat FAILED at that bigtime.
 
2008-02-27 08:14:35 PM
The whooshing sound you hear is all the wannabe stars in hollywood signing up to exchange themselves.
 
2008-02-27 08:14:46 PM
The guy did stick with it when he had other options and to be honist I really commend him on that. Though it sounds like the host parents were indeed very cheep with him.
 
2008-02-27 08:14:47 PM
Flying Lasagna Monster: /send her next

thanks buddy.
 
2008-02-27 08:15:00 PM
He probably shouldn't go to Ethiopia.
 
2008-02-27 08:15:38 PM
For the "this kid is stupid" commenters, please re-read the article and see that he could have had Stockholm Syndrome.

Thank you.
 
2008-02-27 08:16:04 PM
www.throwmetheidol.com

Bad dates.
 
2008-02-27 08:16:29 PM
T-Servo: When I was an exchange student, there was an urban legend about a girl who went to Belgium, gained so much weight that her parents didn't recognize her at the airport after a year.

Considering the food/beer/chocolate in Belgium, I'm now pretty convinced it happened.


I knew someone who went to Germany and gained almost 40 pounds. Easy access to good beer, fancy cheese, superb chocolate, and a wide range of pork products was apparently irresistible. They were recognizable but wow, had their ass expanded.
 
2008-02-27 08:17:17 PM
Muslims will dump 50 pounds of food in front of you and accuse you of not liking the food if you only eat 10 pounds of it.
 
2008-02-27 08:17:24 PM
"The truth is, the boy we hosted for nearly six months was eating for an hour and a half at every meal. The amount of food he ate at each meal was equal to six people," Hanna said.

Imagine if he had limited himself to eating an amount of food appropriate for just one person.
 
2008-02-27 08:18:15 PM
"Something's farked up"
"Religion involved?"
"Why yeeeees"
 
2008-02-27 08:18:51 PM
stellardoor10: is this whole fasting for 200 days thing standard? doesn't sound right to me, but i will admit i know quite little about the specifics of coptic christianity.

As with all other religions, not everyone follows all of the 'rules' to the letter and you end up with a bunch of different sects and groups all with varying strictness.

"The Copts, the Christians of Egypt, who belong mostly to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, observe fasting periods according to the Coptic calendar. These fasting periods are matched by no other Christian community. Out of the 365 days of the year, the Copts fast over 210 days."
 
2008-02-27 08:18:58 PM
Either the kid got sick or they weren't feeding him.


Personally, I think they weren't feeding him-they were expecting a "rich" American boy to supplement the family's income/goods.


Hey, I've seen it happen w/Mexican exchange students (the kid gets a small helping of rice 'n' beans..the rest of the family eats better stuff in another room) and even European families (they complained about how much the kid ate-who was an athlete-and made him move to another family after a couple months because they didn't get any money from "America")

So I think it's the family frankly....
 
2008-02-27 08:19:19 PM
That's it! Now I know where to send my wife for a vacation!
 
2008-02-27 08:19:23 PM
Doesn't sound like a religion thing. You see the same shiat with bad foster parents in the US. Take the money, don't spend anything on the kid.
 
2008-02-27 08:20:21 PM
FTA Jonathan McCullum's parents said the exchange program should have warned them that students placed with Coptic families would be subject to dietary restrictions.

How about NOT sending anyone to these families?
 
2008-02-27 08:20:25 PM
BEEFCAKE!
 
2008-02-27 08:20:38 PM
on the plus side, he can be a model now
 
2008-02-27 08:20:43 PM
Reading the rest of the article clears up some of these questions you all seem to be perplexed by.

1. Why didn't he just write home for some protein bars?
Answer: Because the exchange program he was in discourages kids and parents from being in contact, claiming it detracts from the immersion experience in "local culture". Don't go crying to Mommy and Daddy if you don't like the food, basically.

2. Why didn't he just eat some street vendor food?
Answer: Sounds like he didn't have much money on him considering he WAS secretly buying things at the grocery store before he ran so low on cash that he was forced to shoplift.

Ta-da, it's like an FAQ for morons.
 
2008-02-27 08:21:05 PM
"The truth is, the boy we hosted for nearly six months was eating for an hour and a half at every meal. The amount of food he ate at each meal was equal to six people,"

Somehow I doubt that you cheap prick.
 
2008-02-27 08:21:10 PM
Um....what?

There are so many things in the article that really have me scratching my head.

The program knew about families that were Coptic Christians, and their beliefs. Yet, they placed kids with them anyways? Sure, if the kid had the same religion, go for it. Otherwise, why would you place a kid with a family whose belief system basically equates to starvation? Even then, the kid says it wasn't just the beliefs, but that the family was intentionally being stingy with him. Then he should have gotten placed with a different family. It really seems the host family thought taking on a student was a source of income.

Furthermore, the program knew the kid was literally starving, yet did nothing to help him other than offer to put with a family in a bad part of town? Yeah, that's a good choice: Death by violence, or death by starvation.

Why didn't anyone contact the kid's family? At the very least the program should have worked out a system such that the kid could get extra food outside of the house, so that he didn't offend his host family even if it meant having his family wire him extra cash so he could go to the local McDonalds. Barring that, they should have worked harder to place him with a better family.

This goes beyond "dietary restrictions". Being placed with a family that's strictly vegetarian or kosher - that's dietary restrictions. This is clearly child abuse. The host family - and more importantly - the exchange program should be held accountable here.
 
2008-02-27 08:22:52 PM
Nocens: Doesn't sound like a religion thing. You see the same shiat with bad foster parents in the US. Take the money, don't spend anything on the kid.

Sad but true. They should check up on foster kids more often. Of course, they don't ever get the funding they need to do that, but still, I can dream can't I?
 
2008-02-27 08:22:53 PM
I've lived in Egypt. I ate well, really well, on like $2/day. The equivalent of 30 cents gets you more ta'miya (falafel) sandwiches than I could eat at a meal.

I call dumbass student, or something else going on.
 
2008-02-27 08:24:30 PM
FTA: The host family was a couple with two younger boys and a daughter who was in the U.S. on an AFS exchange. McCullum said the parents gave him the smallest food portions, hid treats in their bedroom and complained that the cost of his upkeep was more than they spent for their daughter when she was home.

The daughter will come back to Egypt looking like this:

images.salon.com
 
2008-02-27 08:24:32 PM
i194.photobucket.com
 
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