June 19 2012
A Pakistani police commander ordered tens of thousands of potbellied officers to diet or quit frontline duties.
Habibur Rehman—the police chief in Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab—ordered 175,000 personnel not to allow their waistlines to exceed 38 inches (96cm).
He told officials last month that, "I'm on a diet, and if I can do it, why can't you?"
Spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said at least 50 percent of Punjab police were overweight.
Local newspaper The News said the number of overweight officers in Rawalpindi—the headquarters of the army—stood at more than 77 percent. It added that "policeman appear to be losing the battle of the bulge."
Officers were given until June 30 to shape up, and those deemed too fat from July 1 will not be given jobs in the field...