Military cuts the fat by cutting the overweight

The Army is under intense pressure to trim its budget.

So, it's dismissing a rising number of soldiers who don't meet fitness standards.{} Some 1,600{}got the boot in the first ten months of this year.

Obesity now is the leading cause of ineligibility for individuals who want to join the Army.{} Between 1998 and 2010, the number of active-duty military personnel deemed overweight or obese more than tripled to over 5%.

The trend prompted the military to re-examine its training programs.