Potbellied Thai police battle the buldge

Fat police attend 12-day boot camp

BANGKOK - Sometimes it seems the only thing more common than a traffic jam in Thailand's capital is a fat police officer trying to solve it.

While not much can be done about the clogged roads, an effort is under way to whip Thailand's potbellied policemen in shape with the start of a 12-day boot camp this week.

About 60 of the overweight officers from around the country are taking part in the dawn-to-dusk exercise and lecture programs on living more healthy at a police training center in a Bangkok suburb.

Wearing T-shirts with "Get rid of the belly" on them, they start their days with pre-dawn jogs followed by yoga, aerobic dance classes, tai chi to reduce stress and improve blood flow, and lectures from nutritionists and trainers.

 

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