Increasing numbers of soldiers are being discharged from the Army for being overweight, as new figures show more than 10 obese soldiers were given their marching orders in a single year. Statistics released by the Ministry of Defence have revealed at least 50 extreme cases between January and March 31 last year, where soldiers were released for being obese.
In alone, 13 soldiers were discharged in cases where obesity contributed to their ill-health. Defence bosses refused to reveal whether any soldiers have been discharged for being obese in the past 14 months, prompting concerns the numbers could be even higher. Obesity among British girls highest in western Europe. Weight Watchers on the NHS to tackle obesity epidemic.
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Tam Fry, a board member of the National Obesity Forum, described the findings as "deeply worrying" and warned British troops were now facing the same problems as the US military. In America, nearly half of all soldiers on active duty are overweight, with 19 per cent obese, according to an official report published last year. The latest figures have been released just months after it was revealed the Royal Regiment of Scotland is blighted by unfit soldiers.