LONDON, October 14. / TASS /. About 50,000 members of the British Armed Forces are overweight or obese. This was announced on Sunday by the Press Association, citing official statistics provided by the United Kingdom Department of Defense.
As of July 2018, nearly 18,000 career British military personnel have been diagnosed with obesity: 8,662 in the Army, 4,666 in the Navy and 4,274 in the Air Force. Based on the measurement of body mass index and waist circumference, excess weight was identified in more than 30 thousand servicemen.
"Our personnel must pass standards to test their level of fitness, and those who do not pass them are provided with assistance in choosing a diet and drawing up a strength training program to return to a healthy weight," said a spokeswoman for the British Department of Defense.
In total, about 147 thousand troops serve in all types of the United Kingdom Armed Forces, of which every eighth is found to be obese, and every fifth is overweight and overweight. 398 British military men were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 160 were prescribed diet pills and 16 were prescribed liposuction.