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Obese troops worry UK military

2009-08-02 21:16

London - A newspaper says that Britain's military is so worried over increasingly overweight soldiers it has demanded that commanders refocus on fitness.

The Observer newspaper quotes from a leaked memo sent to British army units saying the army needs to "reinvigorate a warrior ethos and a culture of being fit".

The memo is quoted as saying operational effectiveness is being undermined and lives put at risk by obese soldiers.

The Ministry of Defence offered no comment on the newspaper's report, but it did not dispute its accuracy.

It says in a brief statement that military commanders were recently told to ensure all units followed the army's fitness policy.