Nearly every tenth British soldier is clinically obese, the mail on Sunday can betray.
Shocking figures expose the Ministry of Defense's failure to fight a crisis that could cost lives in combat, according to military experts.
The data provided under the Freedom of Information rules show that there were 8,662 obese soldiers in the army in July, 4,666 in the Royal Navy and 4,274 in the Royal Air Force – the highest numbers ever recorded.
This soldier is believed to belong to the Scottish Division of the Army. Last night, Colonel Richard Kemp, a former army commander in Afghanistan, called on the Department of Defense to dismiss soldiers who can not stay in shape, even if this would lead to a reduction in the armed forces in the armed forces
Colonel Richard Kemp, above, said it was embarrassing to see troops in such poor physical shape wearing uniforms. He added, "They are maintained only because of the personnel crisis that the government has not solved." [File photo]
The extent of the problem has recently been graphically illustrated when obese soldiers were caught in front of the camera at a toll booth. One should belong to the Scottish division of the army.
Last night, Colonel Richard Kemp, a former army commander in Afghanistan, called on the Department of Defense to dismiss soldiers who can not stay in shape, even if this would lead to a reduction in the armed forces in the armed forces.
"It's expensive and fraudulent, frankly, to keep troops on duty that are not in shape," he said. "In any kind of combat situation, they would be a danger to themselves and a danger to the soldiers serving alongside them.
It is embarrassing to see troops in such poor physical shape wearing uniforms.
"They are maintained only because of the personnel crisis that the government has not solved." Obesity is measured by the Body Mass Index (BMI).
A value of 30 or more means obesity, which can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer.
The July statistics show that 398 soldiers suffer from type 2 diabetes. To combat the obesity crisis, 160 employees were prescribed diet pills and 16 liposuction.
They also show that over 30,000 of the Army's total of approximately 190,000 members are overweight, according to the Body Composition Measure, which focuses on body fat rather than weight.
Overweight troops were caught in front of the camera at a motorway service area. More than 30,000 of the approximately 190,000 members of the armed forces are classified as overweight after the Body Composition Measure, as they focus on body fat rather than weight
Shocking figures highlight the Ministry of Defense's failure to deal with a crisis in the armed forces (file photo), which, according to military experts, could cost lives in combat. More than 160 employees were prescribed diet pills and 16 have liposuction [File photo]
The claim that obese soldiers are blindfolded is supported by figures showing that since 2012 only about 20 soldiers have been fired for chronic overweight. Two of them gave the scales more than 22.
Commanding officers of the infantry units have also introduced "fat clubs" and hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen have been given Fitbit bracelets to help them fight the bacon.
The mail on Sunday recently revealed that the army is introducing a new fitness test that will be impossible.
A leaked document showed that the Soldier Conditioning Review, which will come into effect in April, has no passed or failed grades. Troops receive a grade of one to ten and learn how to improve their score. It will replace the current Personal Fitness Assessment, which sets basic standards for a 1½-mile run, push-ups and sit-ups, depending on the age and gender of the soldiers.
A Defense Department spokesman said yesterday, "Our staff must pass our challenging fitness tests, and those who do not succeed will receive diet and fitness support to achieve and maintain a healthy weight."