Fischer too fat for re-election campaign: Bild

26th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 May 2005, BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer is causing concern among members of his Greens party due to the large amount of weight he has put on in the past years, media reports said on Thursday.

26 May 2005

BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer is causing concern among members of his Greens party due to the large amount of weight he has put on in the past years, media reports said on Thursday.

"Joschka too fat for election campaign," screamed the banner headline on the front page of Bild newspaper, Germany's biggest selling tabloid.

Fischer, the paper said, is getting close to his "old fighting weight", estimated at 112 kilos.

The more serious Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper quoted an unnamed aide to Fischer as saying "Fischer is 20 kilos overweight."

Germany's foreign minister has been dubbed 'Yo-yo Fischer' by the media because of his swift ability to lose and then put on weight.

In the mid-1990s Fischer was looking almost like Germany's legendary heavyweight politician, then chancellor Helmut Kohl.

But following the shock of having his third wife, Claudia, leave him, Fischer went on a crash diet and slimmed down to 75 kilos. He stopped eating all meat, drank no alcohol and became a passionate jogger.

Fischer was lean and mean when he joined Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's first cabinet in 1998, and in 1999 he ran the New York Marathon with a respectable time of three hours and fifty minutes.

So convinced of his new lifestyle was Fischer that he even wrote a book about losing weight and exercise titled 'My Long Road to Myself'.

Over the past years, however, he began to put on the kilos after apparently abandoning his strict diet. Once a frequent sight jogging through Berlin's government district with his security guards, Fischer has not been sighted in his running shoes for several years.

But media reports say Fischer is now going on a strict election diet and even plans to start jogging again.

"By the weekend at the very latest I'm putting on the jogging shoes again," said Fischer, as quoted by Bild.

DPA

Subject: German news

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