Huddic boy in national skirt

A young man from Hud­ja wear­ing a jubaq, the na­tion­al skirt that Hud­dic youth have to wear dur­ing their en­tire child­hood and ado­les­cence.

The belt is sup­posed to be slight­ly tight­ened around a child's waist at the age of 3, the way that is com­fort­able for the child, thus at the time it doesn't re­duce the waist at all. How­ev­er, the belt's size must re­main the same un­til the per­son turns 25 and be­ing worn per­ma­nent­ly it forces the in­nards to shift be­low the waist­line, while the per­son's stom­ach and kid­neys move clos­er to the di­aphragm. Usu­al­ly at the age of around 10-12 due to the lack of space, the waist­line is al­ready clear of all the or­gans ex­cept the small in­tes­tine, the back­bone, veins and oth­er mi­nor things.

At the age of 25 the per­son is con­sid­ered an adult and is legal­ly al­lowed to take off the jubaq, so not wear­ing a jubaq is the main sign of adult­hood in Hud­ja. In case a boy be­comes an ap­pren­tice of a priest and lat­er a monk, he keeps wear­ing his jubaq dur­ing his en­tire monk­hood as a sym­bol of in­no­cence.

Okay, maybe I should stop watch­ing the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel...

A bit of ex­tra de­tails:

The world record is 13 inch­es on an adult woman. It's in­cred­i­bly small, prob­a­bly even small­er than in this draw­ing, and she start­ed to train when she was al­ready over 40. So it proves that it's at least phys­i­cal­ly pos­si­ble with­out af­fect­ing the blood flow and di­ges­tion.

But here we have a whole dif­fer­ent thing: first of all, it's not tech­ni­cal­ly corset train­ing, since when they first get the belt at the age of 3 it's not cinch­ing their waist at all, but as they grow up the belt shapes their body dif­fer­ent­ly. But since the body grows ex­treme­ly slow­ly, it has all the time to adapt with­out com­pli­ca­tions that tem­po­rary corset­ting would cause.

See, every year the body grows just a lit­tle bit, the waist grows up to 1 inch a year on a nor­mal per­son. At the age of 2-3 the child's waist is about 19 inch­es, at the age of 10-12 it's around 28 inch­es, at the age of 20 it's about 35 inch­es or so on an av­er­age per­son. A year is 365 days, mean­ing that the waist grows up to 0.003 inch­es a day. Train­ing to re­duce the waist by 0.003 inch­es a day seems like an ex­treme­ly soft com­pres­sion ac­tu­al­ly.

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