The Army's obesity problem: By the numbe

December 12 [Wed], 2012, 11:56

In 2007, 116 troops were dismissed for being out of shape. In the first 10 months of this year, that figure was a rather massive 1,625

When an entire nation has an , it should be no surprise that its army will have one as well. These days, being "" is an increasingly common concern in the U.S. military., obesity is now the leading cause of ineligibility among potential Army volunteers and current military personnel. Indeed, as pressure mounts for the Army to cut its budget, it has begun to dismiss troops who need to cut a few pounds. Here, a look at the Army's weight problem, by the numbers:

241, in pounds, for female enlistees

258, in pounds, for male enlistees

116Troops dismissed from the Army in 2007 for being out of shape

1,625Troopsfrom the Army in the first 10 months of 2012 for being out of shape

5.3Percent of U.S. troops classified as overweight or obese in 2010

35.7Percent ofwho are obese

75Percent of civilians hoping to volunteer for the Army in 2009 who were , with obesity being the leading cause

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