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Sri Lankan monks told to watch diet

1 February 2013 Last updated at 13:59 GMT

Fears that monks in Sri Lanka are increasingly contracting diet-related diseases such as diabetes has prompted the authorities to devise a special menu for the clergy.

Since monks traditionally do not cook they depend on donations given by devotees. Much of this food is high in cholesterol and lacking in nutrients.

To help the monks eat more healthily the Sri Lankan Medical Research Institute has issued guidelines and suggested healthier menus to follow.

BBC's Charles Haviland in Colombo reports on the initiative.

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