Egypt's state broadcaster has suspended eight of its female TV presenters and told them to go on a diet, sparking uproar among women's rights groups.
The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women one month to slim down before they can appear on air again with an "appropriate appearance", the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports.
The ERTU has a female director, Safaa Hegazy, a former state TV anchor herself. The announcement prompted an outcry among the affected presenters.
Khadija Khattab, a host on Egypt's Channel 2, told the paper that she wants people to watch her most recent TV appearances and judge for themselves if she is really "fat", and whether she deserves to be prevented from working.
Another presenter said the situation had upset their families and should have been dealt with internally, BBC reports.