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Wednesday
Sep072011

Czech Army Cracks Down on Overweight Soldiers

Ablestock.com/Thinkstock(PRAGUE) -- The Czech army is smaller than it was when it was part of the Soviet Bloc, yet its soldiers are getting bigger.

When commanders discovered that one out of every two Czech soldiers is overweight -- with some 3,500 falling into the "obese" category -- the Defense Ministry launched a battle against the bulge.  The Financial Times reports top brass have ordered military cooks to sling low-fat chow to its soldiers, and also provide diet pills to the military.

The report says the Czech troops' weight problem is a reflection of the Czech Republic's growing obesity issue.  In fact, the military is thinner than the Czech civilian population in general: one in three Czechs are said to be obese, according to The Financial Times, compared to one in seven of the country's fighting men and women.

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Monday
Dec062010

Bachelor President Seeks Slim Wife, Not One 'Like This'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- The president of Botswana is looking for a wife, but overweight women need not apply.

President Ian Khama, a retired general, is also one of Africa's most eligible bachelors. Elected in 2009, the 57-year-old's single status has become a national concern. Marriage and family are extremely valued in the southern African country.

Khama claims his schedule has prevented him from finding a wife, but says he has dispatched aides to find a suitable mate. His top requirement? She must be tall and slim -- in a country known for short, heavy-set women.

At a recent political party meeting he pointed to a woman and said, "I don't want one like this one. She may fail to pass through the door, breaking furniture with her heavy weight and even break the vehicle's shock absorbers."

The crowd reportedly laughed, but critics have called for the president to withdraw the comments, calling them sexist. Khama's supporters say it only proves the bachelor president still has a wicked sense of humor.

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