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Putting the “Die” into Diet

When George Bush* reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister to be careful about food, he wasn’t saying anything that Sharon had not heard before. In fact, Sharon has been told to watch his weight for a quite a while now.

Aides said Sharon would spend the next few days resting, but hinted that getting the prime minister — a once rugged war hero — to count his calories might be a hefty challenge.

 

“He has been told he needs to go on a diet since 1965,” his adviser Asaf Shariv said.

And it’s not just Bush and his doctors getting on his back. It’s also his family.

Other aides said Sharon had not mentioned slimming down during his two days in the hospital, and the Yediot Ahronot daily reported that when his sons, Omri and Gilad, implied it might be time for him to watch his weight, Sharon simply laughed.

No word yet on whether he laughed because he has heard it all before and knows he is not going to change his own habits, or because the advice came from Omri of all people.

 

So what is it exactly that Sharon eats? If reports are to be believed, it is more a question of what doesn’t he eat?

Ariel Sharon, Israel’s superweight prime minister, is renowned for his steel will, but there is one thing that just might be stronger than “the Bulldozer” — his appetite.

 

The 77-year-old politician was released from the hospital Tuesday, two days after a mild stroke, and got an earful from his doctors about losing weight. But aides said he has not yet decided whether he will resist his love of all things meaty.


Before the stroke, Sharon reportedly had a meal with family and friends that included hamburgers, steak, lamb chops, shish kebab and chocolate cake. After leaving the hospital, he ate Chinese noodles.

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Stories of Sharon’s appetite are legendary. He often jokes about his love of food and his expansive girth, and his favorite meal is “meat in every way,” Shariv said.

 

One journalist reported watching Sharon polish off an entire tube of Pringles potato chips during an interview. Others joked that when his late wife Lily tried to put him on a diet, he had his security detail sneak him a giant pita filled with greasy shwarma — grilled lamb or turkey.

 

A day before his stroke, Sharon enjoyed a typical meal with a close circle of family and friends: hamburgers, steak in chimichurri sauce, lamb chops, shish kebab and an array of salads, the Maariv daily reported. For dessert, Sharon had chocolate cake — and then more cake.

And according to Allison, you can add fried loof to the list.

 

* He could also help matters by not waving a red flag in front of the bull

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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