(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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