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WHO Official: North Koreans May Be Poor And Oppressed, But At Least They’re Not Fat

by @ 4:10 pm on May 9, 2010. Filed under Dumbasses, Foreign Affairs, North Korea

North Korea

Recently, the Director-General of the World Health Organization seemed to see the good side of Communist oppression:

GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea’s health system would be the envy of many developing countries because of the abundance of medical staff that it has available, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, speaking a day after returning from a 2-1/2 day visit to the reclusive country, said malnutrition was a problem in North Korea but she had not seen any obvious signs of it in the capital Pyongyang.

North Korea — which does not allow its citizens to leave the country — has no shortage of doctors and nurses, in contrast to other developing countries where skilled healthcare workers often emigrate, she said.

This allows North Korea to provide comprehensive healthcare, with one “household doctor” looking after every 130 families, said the head of the United Nations health agency, praising North Korea’s immunization coverage and mother and child care.

“They have something which most other developing countries would envy,” Chan told a news conference, noting that her visit was a rare sign of the communist state’s willingness to cooperate with outside agencies.


Chan spent most of her brief visit in Pyongyang, and she said that from what she had seen there most people had the same height and weight as Asians in other countries, while there were no signs of the obesity emerging in some parts of Asia.

That would be because a lot of them were starving to death only a few short years ago Ms. Chan.

Yes, they may be slaves in a nation run by the world’s last cult of personality, but at least they’re not eating to many Big Macs !

H/T: The Crossed Pond

3 Responses to “WHO Official: North Koreans May Be Poor And Oppressed, But At Least They’re Not Fat”

  1. Starvation is really good for your BMI. Yay! for the wisdom of World Health Organization.

  2. James Young says:

    That photo probably warms the hearts of the global “warming” crowd.

  3. tfr says:

    It’s amazing, the kinds of things you can accomplish at the point of a gun.

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