Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge
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Battle of the Bulge. Troops in the armed forces are said to be battling staggering 55-inch waistlines.

In Britain, the average size of a man’s waste is around 37 inches. Some soldiers in the armed forces have reportedly measured in with waistlines of 55 inches. According to The Sun, some members of the armed forces have been forced out due to their weight. Others have been told to diet and even prescribed weight loss pills to help them.

According to The Sun, thousands of staff have failed vital health checks. These checks ensure that members of the Armed Forces are fit to fight.


The Ministry of Defence commented on the vital testing. The Ministry said: “Regular and robust fitness testing ensures personnel are physically able to do the job required of them.”

So far this year at least 11 service personnel had waists measuring in at 55 inches. The data only covered until April 2021. Three Navy personnel, five RAF personnel and three army personnel had these waist measurements.

This reportedly led to discharges due to weight issues. The personnel were said to have weights ranging from 17 stone to 22 stone.

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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