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Thursday, July 27, 2006

losing weight in the army

Newsis (?) via Daum brings us the piece of human interest news that Mr Yu and Mr Hwan lost respectively 40 kg and 47 kg in weight during their military service. For example Mr Yu 's weight had increased to 120 kilos during his studies due to frequent occasions of drinking and late meals. What draws my attention to this issue is that in my country, which has a similar mandatory military service as the Republic of Korea, the most common change in bodily weight is exactly the opposite to what happened to these two young men. When I've told of this to Koreans, some have commented that the same often happens in Korea as well due to increased muscle mass in excercise. Over here, it's most often the increased bodily fat: for example I must have gained 5 kilos during the first two months back then in the 1980s. One learns to be lazy.

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