Fat Americans are a national security threat, warn generals

  • metta

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    May 02, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    Fat Americans are a national security threat, warn generals

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8655651.stm
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    May 02, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    My mom was just telling me that scientists are for the first time predicting that the younger generation (20s and below) will actually live a shorter lifespan than the older generation.
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    May 02, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    Not me!!

    I will saw the fat shit off me and keep my self fit if it kills me....
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    May 02, 2010 7:22 AM GMT
    Mystic_Man saidNot me!!

    I will saw the fat shit off me and keep my self fit if it kills me....


    Mystic, you crazy. <3
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    May 02, 2010 11:45 AM GMT
    Time to export Jamie Oliver
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    May 02, 2010 11:50 AM GMT
    Fat people are not a security threat. In fact, they're the best way to protect our borders. As more Americans get fat, people in other countries will see what's happening in this country, realize there's no eye candy here anymore, and stay out.
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    May 02, 2010 1:08 PM GMT
    While there is no doubt that there is an obesity problem that has national security implications, that BBC article is a sound bite.

    The actual studies are far more nuanced. What I read was that the U.S. military is finding that its recruits are less hard than they were a generation ago, and too often heavier. However, they are also finding that recruits are more intelligent and apt than they were in the past.

    As I understand boot camp training is changing to compensate for these issues.

    Nobody is going to argue against better nutrition in the schools. However, that is hardly the full picture.
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    May 02, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    Hmmm I wonder how serious the government will be in fighting obesity now that the Army has complained?

    It seems the only way things get done in this country is if it negatively affects our precious "national security."

    Good presentation:

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    May 02, 2010 1:28 PM GMT
    Lets declare war on the fattys! Start marketing all currently available food in a fried form and then strike in a month when they are all down from having diabetes.

    ingenious.
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    May 02, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    Progress saidLets declare war on the fattys! Start marketing all currently available food in a fried form and then strike in a month when they are all down from having diabetes.

    ingenious.
    Even at my favorite sushi buffet, the most common thing I see people putting on their plates is the fried sushi. Yuck!
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    May 02, 2010 1:34 PM GMT
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    Progress said Start marketing all currently available food in a fried form

    I believe they already do that in the deep South.


    I live about as south as you can get and we don't. unfortunately.

    But that's beside the point, we can expect every fatty in America to move to south texas. You have to hit them at home.
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    May 02, 2010 1:46 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidEven at my favorite sushi buffet, the most common thing I see people putting on their plates is the fried sushi. Yuck!

    Why would anyone fry a fresh yummy piece of sushi?
    Because they're stupid. There is no other explanation.
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    May 02, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidHmmm I wonder how serious the government will be in fighting obesity now that the Army has complained?

    It seems the only way things get done in this country is if it negatively affects our precious "national security."

    Good presentation:



    Lustig's talk is great. Here's an interesting and recent article in the NYT on HFCS: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/business/02syrup.html?hpw=&pagewanted=all - it would appear that consumers are listening.
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    May 02, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    I guess the moral here is that if you wanna be good cannon fodder, eat less fodder. Now there's an incentive that oughta be well received in US schools and homes all across the US.

    When I enlisted in the US Army over 40 years ago, most of my fellow Basic Trainees were drafted, and we had plenty who were overweight. Think that got them a draft deferment, or a release from Basic?

    Hell, no! What it got them was harder work from the Drill Sergeants, and they lost that weight, and they got into shape. True, the enlistment and retention rules have been modified a bit since then due to the suspension of the draft (it still exists on paper), but if a dire national crisis occurred the draft could be reinstated, and fatties would shed those pounds in uniform.

    I think the real national threat comes from generals whose heads are too fat. I do admire John Shalikashvili (named here) for the correct analysis he made of the negative outcome of waging war in Iraq, a view that got him forced into retirement by the Bush Administration. But in general the generals, and admirals, are what they always have been throughout history: slightly wacko and only tenuously grounded in reality, defects that only grow worse in retirement. The stories I could tell you about nutty generals I knew during my career... OI!!!!
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    May 02, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    Why do you think they call him Colonel Sanders?


    jprichva said
    Progress said Start marketing all currently available food in a fried form

    I believe they already do that in the deep South.