Pope Francis to cut back on pasta consumption upon doctors’ orders

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Even Pope Francis has his own share of health struggles.

Since today’s highly revered pontiff was elected as the leader of the Catholic Church, his doctors noticed that he has been gaining weight. They associate these additional pounds to the pope’s excessive consumption of pasta and lack of exercise.

In an interview, Pope Francis confirmed his love for Italian specialties, saying, “The only thing I’d like to do is to be able to go out one day without anyone recognizing me and go get a pizza.” He also became the talk of the town when he received a special pizza delivery while he was on board his popemobile through the Amalfi Coast.

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However, the pontiff has been ordered to cut back on his pasta intake and eat it for only twice a week instead.

Due to the 78-year-old religious icon’s busy days comprised of meetings and appointments that require little movement, he has not been getting much-needed body work out. Thus, he has also been advised to incorporate physical activity to his routine in order to shed more calories.

Medical experts think that Pope Francis’ weight loss is vital in alleviating pain caused by his lower back condition diagnosed as sciatica.

But even before news about his health status was made public, the pontiff told Mexican network Televisa that, regardless of his well-being, his pontificate may actually be brief, lasting “four or five years, even two or three”.

He continued by even citing a metaphor, “Two have already passed. It is a somewhat strange sensation. Maybe it’s like the psychology of the gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed and if he wins, is happy.”

pope Francis added, “I do not know. But I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more. But it is a feeling. I always leave the possibility (of change) open.”