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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 243
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2008-02-27 08:24:52 PM  
You know, this will probably happen to all of us if a Muslim is elected President of the United States.

images.politico.com
 
2008-02-27 08:26:51 PM  
Beatlefreak: Of course, they don't ever get the funding they need to do that, but still, I can dream can't I?

Nah, we've gotta chunk hundreds of billions at Iraq instead. To hell with taking care of our own. That's not how we roll up in this post-9/11 world.
 
2008-02-27 08:27:17 PM  
Flying Lasagna Monster: You know, this will probably happen to all of us if a Muslim is elected President of the United States.

It was a bunch of Christians who did it dumbass.
 
2008-02-27 08:27:28 PM  
so is this sunrise to sunset fasting? or some other form? how do people survive?!? i am a lover of food and eating and cannot comprehend.
 
2008-02-27 08:27:37 PM  
Why didn't dude just head outside for a few meals? Surely he could eat...near the school?
 
2008-02-27 08:27:45 PM  
Belac: 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.


RTFA
 
2008-02-27 08:28:22 PM  
i210.photobucket.com
 
2008-02-27 08:28:33 PM  
The father is clearly lying about providing enough food but the kid is a dumbshiat. He hid the condition and refused to take action or let anyone help him with his situation.
 
2008-02-27 08:29:03 PM  
Coptic Christians are like the Egyptian equivalent of Greek or Russian Eastern Orthodox Christians.

That being said, I need to lose weight - I just need some bastard people to starve my ass so I can stay focused. No, I'm nowhere NEAR as big as the chicks in either Flying Lasagna Monster or The Dexter of Rapists posts. Just sayin'.

/dude, the Dexter of Rapists? That is the best goddamn name I've seen in a long time. I bow to you, sir. (I'm guessing sir...)
 
2008-02-27 08:29:49 PM  
FarkinFarker: Beatlefreak: Of course, they don't ever get the funding they need to do that, but still, I can dream can't I?

Nah, we've gotta chunk hundreds of billions at Iraq instead. To hell with taking care of our own. That's not how we roll up in this post-9/11 world.


Exactly. And even with those billions, our troops still aren't properly outfitted for this type of warfare.
 
2008-02-27 08:30:35 PM  
What? George Clooney is learning Coptic? Coptic, you tell me?

(Please let someone get that...)
 
2008-02-27 08:30:51 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're telling me - I even got the belt-busting treatment at restaurants in Morocco. By the way, by looking at your profile, I think we might be the same person.

/training to be a high school teacher
//backpacker (with experience in Morocco, always a plus)
////atheist
//those are the important things anyways
 
2008-02-27 08:30:58 PM  
Mighty Tighty Whitey Well, if you think about it - Flying Lasagna Monster wasn't TOO far off. That family was as Muslim as Barack Obama... not Muslim at all!

/I think I'm thinking about it too much.
 
2008-02-27 08:30:58 PM  
The fact that he could leave at any time means this was voluntary starvation.
 
2008-02-27 08:32:48 PM  
Arthur_Gumby: What? George Clooney is learning Coptic? Coptic, you tell me?

(Please let someone get that...)


Hehe... I see what you did there. I love it when I actually get obscure fark refrences.
 
GCD
2008-02-27 08:32:56 PM  
70 kilograms = approx. 154 lbs.
44 kilograms = approx. 97 lbs.

Damn. That some scary shiat.

I say compare a picture of the boy next to his host family. If they look like that, then it's his own fault for not switching host families. If they don't - as someone mentioned earlier, they were waiting on the "American money".

/pretty sure we've cooked 44kg pot roasts for dinner at the station
 
2008-02-27 08:33:30 PM  
Flying Lasagna Monster: /send her next

OFMG ROFL made my night,,, ehhehehehehhehe i have seen this pic before but was just waiting for an appropiate caption! lol

/+1 lasagna!
 
2008-02-27 08:33:38 PM  
i31.tinypic.com
 
2008-02-27 08:34:11 PM  
Some Old Fat Geek

You just won the interwebs what are you gonna do now?

I'm going to Egyptland!
 
2008-02-27 08:36:14 PM  
ElegantGoose: Mighty Tighty Whitey Well, if you think about it - Flying Lasagna Monster wasn't TOO far off. That family was as Muslim as Barack Obama... not Muslim at all!

/I think I'm thinking about it too much.


You got way to much time on your hands mate..
 
2008-02-27 08:36:31 PM  
GCD: 70 kilograms = approx. 154 lbs.
44 kilograms = approx. 97 lbs.

Damn. That some scary shiat.

I say compare a picture of the boy next to his host family. If they look like that, then it's his own fault for not switching host families. If they don't - as someone mentioned earlier, they were waiting on the "American money".

/pretty sure we've cooked 44kg pot roasts for dinner at the station


That's a lot of pot roast. But kudos to you and your fellow firefighters. You guys really should get paid more for the work you do.
 
2008-02-27 08:38:03 PM  
I knew someone of a different religion and her family fasted a lot. Everyone in the family would fast a couple of days out of the week. She was always pretty weak and in poor health. What did she do to try and get better? Fasted.
 
2008-02-27 08:38:28 PM  
It seriously sucks losing that much weight because it can be hard to gain it all back, depending. Sometimes your body resets at a lower weight at which it's comfortable, making it way hard to get back to where you were.
I'm 6'5" and I weighed about 162 when I graduated from high school. I got very ill soon after and dropped to the low 120s inside of a month. I yoyoed throughout college and I've never gotten back above 145.
 
2008-02-27 08:38:48 PM  
i83.photobucket.com
 
2008-02-27 08:38:51 PM  
McCullum says he was denied sufficient food while staying with a family of Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year, a regimen unmatched by other Christians.

I predict a lot of Supermodels will be changing their faith.
 
2008-02-27 08:39:11 PM  
Dorothy Day - 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....


I think you hit the nail on the head. Given that family didn't talk about how it was against their religion to feed the kid but how much it cost to feed him.

I think they took the kid in thinking they were going to make an easy buck but failed to realize that American kids eat more than your average Egyptian. I love the fact that host father pointed out how active the kid was as if to say, "He plays sports! He knows that makes you hungry but he does it anyway! The nerve!"
 
2008-02-27 08:39:12 PM  
I blame Islam.
 
GCD
2008-02-27 08:39:38 PM  
Beatlefreak: That's a lot of pot roast. But kudos to you and your fellow firefighters. You guys really should get paid more for the work you do.

That's probably exaggeration on my part, but honestly, I've come to discover that the FD is all about the food. The amount of food that's eaten at dinner time is staggering. I joke and say it's quantity over quality, but that all depends on who is on cooking duty. We have some guys that can make great meals.

I've somehow managed to stay at 240 lbs. for 2 years running...but I know a few guys who put on anywhere from 10 to 30 lbs. after they started just due to the dinners.
 
2008-02-27 08:39:43 PM  
Farkin Farker

we've gotta chunk hundreds of billions at Iraq instead. To hell with taking care of our own. That's not how we roll up in this post-9/11 world.

That's zero-sum-deep man.
 
2008-02-27 08:41:10 PM  
sleeps in trees: At that age I wanted to see it through too because AFS makes you feel like a total loser if you ask to transfer families or go home. I was also young, niave and terrified as to what the director would do if I wanted to transfer families.

Yikes. My time was rough, but nothing like that. I hope you didn't have to go back to high school in Canada (?) after that.
 
2008-02-27 08:41:17 PM  
Waiting for the followup story in which the Egyptian family is upset that their daughter became a fat cow during her stay in the US and is now eating them out of house and home.
 
2008-02-27 08:42:03 PM  
I'm not an huge fan of our foreign policy, yet at the same time I find most middle eastern cultures and muslim nations, especially the saudis as farking disgusting people worthy of slaughter.
 
GCD
2008-02-27 08:42:35 PM  
T-Servo: Yikes. My time was rough, but nothing like that. I hope you didn't have to go back to high school in Canada (?) after that.

I think it's a safe bet that she won't be going back to high school in Canada. Her profile says she's a "mum of two".

/then again
//kidding...?
 
2008-02-27 08:43:09 PM  
amuro98: 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?

You know, for some reason there are a lot of Egyptian Coptic Christians working in my neighborhood. Maybe they don't observe fasts here, but all of them look pretty normal and healthy. Not fat, but not emaciated either.

/You know, the whole existence of Coptic Christianity is a pretty interesting story. But, nah, it's easier just to rely on your knee-jerk instincts and say OMG Religious fanatics!!!11!!
 
2008-02-27 08:43:43 PM  
i69.photobucket.com
not impressed
 
2008-02-27 08:44:33 PM  
RealFarknMcCoy2: Before anyone starts Muslim-bashing in here, the host family were "Coptic Christians"

Yeah, b..b..but, it's a Muslim majority country. So like, the Muslim-crazy must be rubbing off on all other people in the country and make them crazy as well!!11!1!

/Got nuthin'
//I've known a few Egyptian Coptic Christians in my time. I remember the whole fasting thing. It's not meant to be this intense. None of the ones I knew were particularly skinny. One was quite beefy in fact. Not fat, but definitely "well-fed looking". That, despite often mentioning how he can't eat this or that (usually certain meats) because of the various fasting regimens.
///One of the gals was quite hittable too :)
 
2008-02-27 08:45:11 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,"

I think not A-hole. For an engineer her really has no understanding of Thermal Dynamics. No energy in means your body will eat itself asshat! They must have fed him magical 0 calorie Chicken and Fish.
 
2008-02-27 08:46:04 PM  
sleeps in trees: I went to Greece as an AFS student when I was 16. The experience was horrible. The family I was put in was the brother of the director in Greece.

He beat his wife, abused me, and used me as a nanny to teach his daughter english. His brother sexually assualted me and when I mentioned it to my host parent she brushed it off and said it happened all the time.

Further he made me sign over my travellers cheques for a dollar for dollar drachma exchange instead of going to a bank (robbed me blind). My mail and phone calls were alsi monitored.

At that age I wanted to see it through too because AFS makes you feel like a total loser if you ask to transfer families or go home. I was also young, niave and terrified as to what the director would do if I wanted to transfer families.


Well, you lived in his house, you should have burned it down while they were sleeping.

/I'm not sure if I'm joking
 
2008-02-27 08:47:26 PM  
Mighty Tighty Whitey
You got way to much time on your hands mate..



Duh. I'm wasting my goddamn time on Fark, aren't I?
 
2008-02-27 08:48:26 PM  
RealFarknMcCoy2: Before anyone starts Muslim-bashing in here, the host family were "Coptic Christians"

No shiat Sherlock. We all can read the article.

Damn idiotic tribal culture mentality.... Coptics are just as mired in the middle ages (the worst parts, I might add) as others from the region. I can't imagine the money they got for hosting the boy was even remotely spent on his care. It wasn't even about the fasting, it was just about spending as little as possible on the American boy foolish enough to trust them.
 
2008-02-27 08:49:03 PM  
GCD: Beatlefreak: That's a lot of pot roast. But kudos to you and your fellow firefighters. You guys really should get paid more for the work you do.

That's probably exaggeration on my part, but honestly, I've come to discover that the FD is all about the food. The amount of food that's eaten at dinner time is staggering. I joke and say it's quantity over quality, but that all depends on who is on cooking duty. We have some guys that can make great meals.

I've somehow managed to stay at 240 lbs. for 2 years running...but I know a few guys who put on anywhere from 10 to 30 lbs. after they started just due to the dinners.


I'd believe it. We've got one of the local fire chiefs living down the street from us. I've asked him, and he says that there are people that they beg to cook and people that they beg not to cook, and the amount of food they eat is extremely large, regardless of the quality. Like most children, I used to want to be a firefigher. Due to health problems, I can't, but I think I would make a mean cook for the firehouse, as I enjoy cooking for large crowds. (and i'm told that my food is very good.)
 
2008-02-27 08:49:14 PM  
lordargent: 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.


Um... perhaps you missed the part in the headline which clearly states: Host family starves him down to 97 pounds

Or maybe you're just stupid...

/you decide
//subbie
 
2008-02-27 08:50:05 PM  
sleeps in trees: I went to Greece as an AFS student when I was 16. The experience was horrible. The family I was put in was the brother of the director in Greece.

He beat his wife, abused me, and used me as a nanny to teach his daughter english. His brother sexually assualted me and when I mentioned it to my host parent she brushed it off and said it happened all the time.

Further he made me sign over my travellers cheques for a dollar for dollar drachma exchange instead of going to a bank (robbed me blind). My mail and phone calls were alsi monitored.

At that age I wanted to see it through too because AFS makes you feel like a total loser if you ask to transfer families or go home. I was also young, niave and terrified as to what the director would do if I wanted to transfer families.


Sounds shiatty, but I bet you wouldn't trade that experience for anything. It's the worst experiences that are transformative, and they make the best stories, too.

/Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

//Or so I'm told. Don't tell me it's not a Chinese saying, 'cause I'm not going to listen.
 
2008-02-27 08:50:22 PM  
As a host-mother to an exchange student, I'm getting a kick....

My student has a huge appetite. He is a growing teen, so I serve him the best food. It is a pleasure to cook for him. :)

This kid from Maine needs some survival skills.
 
2008-02-27 08:51:38 PM  
Not totally related, but here in NJ a few years ago came the story of a foster family. They had about 5 or 6 kids, all healthy or hefty, and they took in two foster kids. For some reason, they never fed them. The story broke when the older kid was found rummaging through garbage cans. He and his brother had resorted to eating paint peeled off the windowsill. When they found him he was something like 4'6" and about 60 pounds. Oh, and he was 19 years old.

Once they got him out of there and fed him he immediately gained about 40 pounds and grew about 6 inches.

Link (new window)

/above figures were from memory before i found the link. they vary slightly but i'm too lazy to go fix them.
 
2008-02-27 08:52:41 PM  
Why didn't he go somewhere and get some farking food? Did they chain him to the house?
 
2008-02-27 08:53:26 PM  
Some Old Geek: I'm going to Egyptland!

"That's berber. It's an industry term."

/Silly Daddy
//you can't eat carpet!
 
2008-02-27 08:53:59 PM  
Obscure: Sounds shiatty, but I bet you wouldn't trade that experience for anything.

Yeah, because you know how most abuse victims are always saying, "But I wouldn't trade it for anything, because being taken advantage of and abused made me the empowered person I am today."

WTF are you smoking?
 
2008-02-27 08:54:09 PM  
He should be happy. He went to Egypt a fat, lazy American, and came back as a supermodel.

At least they didn't give him biatch tits while he was there.
 
2008-02-27 08:55:36 PM  
vlakorados: Some Old Geek: I'm going to Egyptland!

"That's berber. It's an industry term."

/Silly Daddy
//you can't eat carpet!


No, of course you can't like that. You gotta boil it, till the glue gets soft, ya know. ...
 
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