Starving Student Blames Stingy Host Family

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Starving student blames stingy host family

Parents consider suing AFS after son was placed in Egyptian home

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This photo, taken in January, shows Jonathan McCullum at a hospital in Portland, Maine, after his time abroad.
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updated 4:43 p.m. ET, Wed., Feb. 27, 2008

HALLOWELL, Maine - Jonathan McCullum was in perfect health at 155 pounds when he left last summer to spend the school year as an exchange student in Egypt.
But when he returned home to Maine just four months later, the 5-foot-9 teenager weighed a mere 97 pounds and was so weak that he struggled to carry his baggage or climb a flight of stairs. Doctors said he was at risk for a heart attack.
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.

LINK: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23375427/
 

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What dummy does an exchange program with Egypt? Why not Iran or Syria?
 

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Ooof....He drew the bad card. He could have gotten swapped with some nice Norwegian kid who has a slutty sister but nope, he gets the religious fundamentalists in a muslim country.

The only thing worse is if he pulled a Wahabbi family.
 

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We should send our fat kids over there. Best fat camp ever.
 

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"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," Hanna said
how'd he get so thin if he ate enough food for 6 people?
 

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how'd he get so thin if he ate enough food for 6 people?
Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year, a regimen unmatched by other Christians.

We do consume more food per person than in most countries.