More Than 20,000 British Soldiers Were Too Fat to Pass Their Physical

According to a new report from the Ministry of Defence, over 32,000 British soldiers failed a basic fitness test at some point in the last three years, and more than 22,000 are overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes.

British soldiers are required to pass biannual physical exams consisting of a set of pushups, situps, and running; multiple failures could result in a discharge. 11% of the corps failed the exam at some point, though the Ministry added that most likely passed it a second time around.

One senior military official blamed the soldiers’ “appalling diet.”

“While soldiers can have salads and low-calorie meals, they can also have a cooked breakfast, followed by chips at lunch and chips at dinner and a stodgy pudding, too,” he said.

Solution: Bloomberg for P.M.

[h/t Agence France-Presse]

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