Here is the wire-press
The 17-year-old lost weight, from 155 to 97 pounds, and claims he was starved by the Coptic Christian host family who fast 200 days a year.
Here is a reaction comment from topic.com:
What did he expect? Maccy D's?
There are some Americans/Europeans who would benefit from such a weight loss plan.
I have corrected the post, O Giron.
One can see from your avatar picture that you have the eyes of a proof reader.
The responses from the Coptic Christians in defence of their faith, seem to be a little nearer to the truth. I wonder just where the truth does lie.
It may well be something like "I can't eat that......" and so starved himself.
Friends had a son on a similar program in Japan and had to fly over there to rescue him. He had fallen ill and, owing to the nature of the problem, was "diagnosed" as mentally handicapped. The Japanese solution was to lock him away in an institution and drug him. Both parents were medically trained and upon "extracting" him for that situation had to then spend time in (IIRC) Singapore to get him stable enough to return home. At the end of the day, a simple prescription tablet would have fixed his problem. Instead he is now suffering from the heavy doses of the medication that the Japanese doctors treated him with.