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Exercise, obese cops told

The Bacolod City Police will identify obese policemen and urge them to join the physical exercises being done regularly at their headquarters to keep them fit, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said yesterday.

De la Paz said this is in response to the new weight loss program of the Philippine National Police because of the growing number of fat policemen in the country.

Records from the Philippine National Police Health Services show that of 6,253 policemen in Camp Crame, only 2,376 or 38 percent have normal weight while the rest are obese.

Police Regional Office-6 Director Chief Supt. Cepriano Querol Tuesday warned obese policemen to exercise and lose weight or they will be recommended for an eight-week rigid physical training.

De la Paz said that even before the weight loss program of the PNP, BCPO had already formulated drives that aim at keeping city policemen fit. He said policemen, who are considered obese, should lose weight and reduce their waist line as being fat will hamper their performance during hot pursuit operations

De la Paz, however, said there are only a few obese policemen in Bacolod City, based on their monitoring.*APN

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