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12th Apr 2015

Obese soldiers told to attend ‘fat clubs’ to get back into shape


Chunky soldiers have been ordered to attend army ‘fat clubs’ after medical checks ruled
some troops are too overweight to fight.

The Mirror report that a diet of fry-ups for breakfast and chips with every meal has led to a number of soldiers being ‘medically downgraded’ ahead of planned tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, with senior officers forced to step in.

A new Defence Operational Fitness Programme has been drawn up for tubsters after 16,400 troops were classed as obese between 2010 and September 2014, according to Ministry of Defence figures.

L Col Brian Dupree, of Army Health, told the Mirror: “We have concerns about obesity across the Army. The general population is getting bigger and the Army suffers from that as well.”