The Up-Side to Obesity

by Leisa on May 1, 2010

Who would have thought that there could be an up-side to obesity?  Well, here it is:  Obesity Threatens US Army Recruitment:

“Increasing rates of obesity among young Americans could undermine the future of the US military, with potential recruits increasingly too fat to serve, two retired generals say.

“Obesity rates threaten the overall health of America and the future strength of our military,” generals John Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton, both former chairs of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in a commentary.

Obesity disqualified more potential recruits for military service than any other medical factor, the two former commanders wrote in the Washington Post on Friday.

The two generals urged Congress to adopt legislation that would ensure better nutrition in schools, offering children more vegetables, fruits and whole grains while cutting back on foods with high sugar, sodium and fat content.”  You can find the full article here.

Isn’t it a sad reflection of the way our society has developed, that the only way we may get better nutrition education into schools, is so that kids will be healthier so that they can enter the military?  What a disgustingly warped way of thinking.

Although if they do succeed in helping kids to get healthier, I’m all for it – but hopefully along the way, with much clearer thinking brains from all that good food they are proposing, the kids might develop better ways of keeping peace in the world than by going to war.



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