Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is standing behind the message he communicated to plus-sized masquerader Candice Santana on Friday
Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is standing behind the message he communicated to plus-sized masquerader Candice Santana on Friday when he called her out for being obese and overweight, as he again urged her to get fit and healthy.
While he is ready to apologise for the “harsh tone and some strong words” used during the two and a half minute long video he posted on social media on the issue, Khan yesterday stood by the “the substance of the statements.”
Dismissing claims his video was an attempt to fat-shame Santana, Khan said he was more concerned about the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) engulfing T&T.
“Many large women came out at Carnival because 70 per cent of Trinidad’s women are fat. The signs of overweight on the road is a symptom of a greater disease of obesity. Women should stop looking for excuses of being thick, plus-size to hide obesity,” Khan said.
“Check your numbers and your weight. Let us get fit for 2020.”
Asked if he was concerned his comments may cost him votes in the next general election, Khan said, “I will not stand idle looking for votes, saying things of sweetness while the NCD epidemic grows, destroying all in its path and being swept under the carpet by statements like fat acceptance and fat shaming.”
Khan said he intends to continue his personal quest for fitness and healthy living as he declared himself to be the “obesity terminator.”