I have not read a story this POD in a long time. Here’s the situation. An American boy (Jonathan McCullum) travels to Egypt as an exchange student and lives with a Coptic family. He claims that the Coptic family fasted so often and so intently that they almost killed him. He lost about fifty pounds.
Honestly, it sounds like the kid is exaggerating things, but you cannot help to love those Coptic Christians (who allegedly fast “200 days per year”).