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Health Ministry removes ‘fat shaming’ tweet after Twitterati outrage

 New Delhi, April 23: In an embarrassment for the government, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday removed a tweet that asked people “What’s your choice?” based on a photo that displayed two women — one overweight, depicting non-veg and processed food items and the other lean with fruits and vegetables.

Twitterati immediately slammed the tweet, some calling it “stupidity at its highest” while others “fat shaming”. While the fat woman depicted food items such as sausage, poultry, meat, burger, donuts, french fries, cola and alcohol, the lean woman showed fruits and green vegetables, along with the tweet from the ministry: “Good nutrition is one of the keys to a #healthy life. Choose wisely, live well”. “Both veg and non veg can be healthy or unhealthy depending upon their origin, methods of production, distribution, storage etc and in this country, the less said the better about those standards. That’s what you should be focusing on @MoHFW_INDIA,” reacted one user to the ministry’s tweet.
Another user said: “This is fat shaming. Now that you’ve posted it, hope your women Ministers take the lead and set an example!” “Stupidity at highest!!! Is Egg ?? and Cheese ?? unhealthy? which scientific study proved it? Moreover where do Poor Indians get Kiwi/Avocado Fruits and Berries? Or is it ment to be for RICH People? ?? As far as all scientific study all packaged foods are bad or unhealthy!!!,” tweeted another user. (IANS)

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