German soldiers too fat to fight

Some 40 percent of German soldiers are overweight and don't exercise enough, according to the 2007 annual report on the readiness of the German armed forces.

German soldiers too fat to fight
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German military commissioner Reinhold Robbe, who delivered the report to German parliamentarians on Tuesday, blamed excessive bureaucracy for reducing the time soldiers have to exercise.

Robbe’s biggest concern is the low fitness levels of soldiers. “To put it simply, the soldiers are too fat, don’t exercise enough and don’t watch what they eat,” his report states.

According to Robbe, who studied 4,200 soldiers between 2005 and 2007, more soldiers between the ages of 18 and 29 are overweight than people in the civilian population.