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"'To me it seems like this was a personal choice,' [Sonja] Thorsvik [the study abroad coordinator at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles] said. 'Students are not prohibited from going outside to take their meals. Students usually eat one or two meals a day with their host families, but can still go out and eat. If everyone fasted for as much and as long as he did, the entire community would be malnourished.'
McCullum's father has speculated that the boy took to fasting because he was manipulated by the family and had developed Stockholm syndrome, a disorder in which people under duress sympathize with their captors, the AP reported.
Thorsvik offered an alternative reason why the boy starved. Sometimes, she said, students so wholly throw themselves into the culture in an attempt to 'go native,' but go too far.
'It is very rare for a student to go to Egypt,' he added. 'He would have to be very independent. Sometimes those personality types attempt to fully immerse themselves in the culture. They want to experience things so much that they do harm to themselves.'"
"Sometimes those personality types attempt to fully immerse themselves in the culture. They want to experience things so much that they do harm to themselves."
he went from 155 lbs in August '07 to 97 lbs in January '08
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