on 26 June 2013.

Bangkok's Metropolitan Police Bureau has created a new program to help overweight traffic police shed some kilos.  About 60 traffic police have volunteered for the 'Fit and Firm' program. Sessions taking place twice a week include yoga and aerobics. The program also encourages the participants to eat a healthier diet that emphasizes fruit and soup and discourages fried street food and bowls of white rice. "Senior policemen saw that our officers are too chubby... too fat, so they decided they should lose weight", said Lieutenant Colonel Sujit Suksamai, who is also taking part in the course. Slimming down also improves public confidence in the police, according to health expert Kawita Kruenjit. "When the general public see fat police they wonder 'how are they going to run after the bad guys?'"