Border city cops are put on a diet

Forty percent of the police officers in Ciudad Juarez are obese and at least 80 percent are overweight

MEXICO.- Forty percent of the police officers in Ciudad Juarez, a border city in northern Mexico, are obese and at least 80 percent are overweight, prompting officials to put them on diets.

The border city's health department and police department have started a program to help officers lose weight and fight obesity, with all members of the law enforcement agency, from the police chief to cadets at the police academy, included, officials said.

Officers are given a medical examination, provided with the results and put on a diet, and they must exercise, police spokesman Adrian Sanchez told EFE.

"After the exams are done depending on the results, they will be given an exercise routine and a diet that they must follow," the police spokesman said.

Six of the 1,800 officers employed by the police department suffer from morbid obesity, which may kill them, Ciudad Juarez health department Chief Dr. Ariel Diaz de Leon said.

Even though the program is mandatory, the officer whoever loses the most weight will get a financial incentive of 15,000 pesos (about $1,200), officials said.

Ciudad Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, was known for many years as being Mexico's murder capital.



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