Army recruiters: Americans too fat to fight

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    Apr 21, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    "Childhood obesity isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the military. But Mission: Readiness, a D.C.-based organization of retired generals, admirals, and civilian military leaders, is seriously worked up about the epidemic. In "Too Fat to Fight," a new report released on the Hill today, the group says more than 27 percent of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24—that's more than 9 million young men and women—are too overweight to join the military. And it's calling on Congress to do something about it: to get junk food out of schools and to provide more-effective programs for kids to lose weight. "I was overwhelmed by the number," says Mission's Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, who retired from the U.S. Air Force last fall. "We need a force out there that's fit to fight." "

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thehumancondition/archive/2010/04/20/too-fat-to-fight-army-recruiters-discuss-new-report.aspx?hpid=sec-nation

    maybe they will have to go thru a weight loss program before basic training ... icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Apr 21, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    I seen fat lards within the military...should they fix that first instead on focusing the future soldiers :i
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:05 PM GMT
    When I served in the US Army from 1990 to 1993, one thing that I will never forget is the poor food choices in the military dining facilities or chowhalls. There were way too much high sodium, excessive fat, and deep frying along with too many sweets and desserts. Plus the Army's physical training program was horribly outdated and ineffective. All they knew where push ups, sit ups, and running, nothing else. I remember seeing quite a few soldiers on some sort of profile and strict diet but because of the poor quality cooking in the chowhalls, it was mostly a lost cause.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:19 PM GMT
    Another reason we need to allow male homosexuals in the military. A healthy dose of body fascism will take care of that.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:19 PM GMT
    This is one of the reasons we're number 1.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    Being in the military i absolutely support strict standards with body fat,etc. This is absolutely needed for new recruits.

    Yes there are fat older troops but very VERY few out of shape younger troops and for good reason. The troops on the field are overwhelmingly younger. When i was in basic if you didnt pass the fat percentage test then you DONT GRADUATE. You stay there until your body passes and you understand the importance of staying in shape. I agree 100% with this. To be obese at a young age is clearly bad choices and one should learn the right ways. Also the military will show you the way without excessive insulting and they will help you get there. As long as you put in the effort then the military will work with you. If you dont put the effort in then you dont deserve to serve in the military. We dont need fat asses running out of breath on the battlefield. This will only pull down the entire group.

    The military serves high fat food but you have to understand most troops are active all day long so its really no big deal. Most bases have two lines with a healthy choice option.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:23 PM GMT
    IsmeIvan1990 saidI seen fat lards within the military...should they fix that first instead on focusing the future soldiers :i


    The military is fixing this and its a work in progress.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    american_fat_soldier.jpg
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    ROFL.

    Here a fat ass; there a fat ass; everywhere a fat ass. Uncle Sam had a platoon, eee-I-eee-I-OH.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    War is not a food fight.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    McGay saidamerican_fat_soldier.jpg


    Do you serve in the miltiary?
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    I helped pay for it, so, pipe down.
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    Apr 21, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    McGay saidI helped pay for it, so, pipe down.


    Ahhh, enough said.
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    Apr 21, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    PAstud21 said
    McGay saidI helped pay for it, so, pipe down.


    Ahhh, enough said.

    Oh, yes, you have said enough, but you just keep saying it anyway.

    If I told you that I'd served in the military, then, my posts about fat soldiers would take on new meaning for you? Are you that impressionable?
  • CarbGoggles

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    Apr 21, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    IsmeIvan1990 saidI seen fat lards within the military...should they fix that first instead on focusing the future soldiers :i

    Hmmm fat lards... Nice way of describing people who volunteer their lives to protect others. Ivan... There's no point in bailing out flood water if you can't control the source. We don't only need to give kids good eating/ fitness habits for the military. It's also for their own good. Reducing obesity benefits everybody not just the military. I hope that makes sense or should I dumb it down further?
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    Apr 21, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    PAstud21 said
    McGay saidI helped pay for it, so, pipe down.


    Ahhh, enough said.


    McHomo... I've never liked you.
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    Apr 21, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    McGay saidus-army-military-demotivational-poster-1


    I'd hit it

    Who doesn't like an army stud with meat on his bones icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 21, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    What an unreal promotion for the health and fitness industry to target young Americans - opportunity for people to gain great reputations as trainers, nutritionists etc by coming up with creative solutions icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 21, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    CarbGoggles said
    PAstud21 said
    McGay saidI helped pay for it, so, pipe down.


    Ahhh, enough said.


    McHomo... I've never liked you.


    That's ok. I never liked your muffin top.

    Hey, weren't you BakeJenson? I'm sure I recognize your tits.
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    Apr 21, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    Somehow, this clip came to mind. It's from the next Shrek film - 'Shrek Forever After'.

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    Apr 22, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    McGay said
    CarbGoggles said
    PAstud21 said
    McGay saidI helped pay for it, so, pipe down.


    Ahhh, enough said.


    McHomo... I've never liked you.


    That's ok. I never liked your muffin top.

    Hey, weren't you BakeJenson? I'm sure I recognize your tits.


    so funny!
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    Apr 22, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    Heard about this on NPR. Not really surprising. What I don't understand is why it would take these statistics to be seen by the military before there's a solid and organized campaign to get our nations youth-health back on track.

    The fact that WE HAVE ALLOWED large industry to control what we feed our children in our public schools(!) is disgusting. It clearly shows how out of touch parents are with regard to their own familie's health. I would never let my kids eat half the crap I see parents buying their families in grocery stores.

    Where is the parental outrage? Oh... forgot. They're also sloth and undereducated. Why? Partially because so much of our budget has gone into the military as opposed to education and public-health.

    As Daria used to watch: "Sick Sad World". icon_neutral.gif
  • bchbum

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    Apr 22, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
    When I was Active Duty a few years ago there weren't that many fat guys. Only ones that were fat were trying to eat themselves out of the Army. Now Women, that was a different story. There were a lot of them. A female was allowed to have up to 35% body fat and not be on the "fat boy" program.

    The food they serve in the chow halls is terrible though. When you are in Basic you need all the calories you can get. But, after that...not so much. I gained 20lbs when I lived in the barracks. Couldn't wait to get out of there. Every time I deployed or went TDY I lost the weight immediately. So the Army chow halls aren't helping matters.
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    Apr 22, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    PAstud21 saidBeing in the military i absolutely support strict standards with body fat,etc. This is absolutely needed for new recruits.

    Yes there are fat older troops but very VERY few out of shape younger troops and for good reason. The troops on the field are overwhelmingly younger. When i was in basic if you didnt pass the fat percentage test then you DONT GRADUATE. You stay there until your body passes and you understand the importance of staying in shape. I agree 100% with this. To be obese at a young age is clearly bad choices and one should learn the right ways. Also the military will show you the way without excessive insulting and they will help you get there. As long as you put in the effort then the military will work with you. If you dont put the effort in then you dont deserve to serve in the military. We dont need fat asses running out of breath on the battlefield. This will only pull down the entire group.

    The military serves high fat food but you have to understand most troops are active all day long so its really no big deal. Most bases have two lines with a healthy choice option.


    Wait a minute, didn't you say in a previous post that you made 100K a year and paid 40% in taxes?? There isn't a single 28 y/o in the military making that much, it is impossible. Now you could be in the Reserves or Guard and your civilian job could make that but, not active duty military.

    And from my experience there weren't that many older fat soldiers, it was mainly the newer recruits who were over weight and we had to whip them into shape. Its been awhile; but, I don't remember getting weighed and taped in Basic...took too much time away from training.