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Students try to avoid national service with pizza and burgersIndependent.ieA dozen South Korean music students have been accused of conspiring to gain weight to avoid compulsory military service.https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/students-try-to-avoid-national-service-with-pizza-and-burgers-37315361.htmlhttps://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37315373.ece/0b616/AUTOCROP/h342/PL15862581South%20Korean%20sol%20INT_ED4_S01%20Read-Only.jpg
A dozen South Korean music students have been accused of conspiring to gain weight to avoid compulsory military service.
The authorities said the students discussed on a messaging app how to rapidly bulk up as a way of failing the army’s medical examination.
According to ‘The Korea Herald’, they ate high-calorie foods such as pizza and hamburgers five times a day, with one gaining 30kg in just six months.
The men, all vocalists who attended the same college, also reportedly debated eating “high-calorie protein shakes, supplements and drinking a lot of aloe juice to retain water weight”.
Some suggested acting “crazy” on purpose.
All able-bodied South Korean men aged between 18 and 35 must serve for at least 21 months in the army.