Weight limits designed to screen out unfit Army applicants are excluding some of the strongest candidates and will be relaxed, the MoD says.

Under previous regulations, men with a body mass index (BMI) of over 28 were barred from joining the military.

The threshold has been extended to 32 – two points above the World Health Organisation’s definition of obesity.

The kicker?

This “relaxation” of the “rules” only applies to men:

Meanwhile, the limits for women will remain the same at 28.

This was *after* they realized that “bigger” people were often stronger, and could perform a wider number of roles. Hence, recruiting “bigger” people was in the UK Army’s best interests.

I guess “big” women are just a lot scarier than “big” guys….

(via bfb)

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