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Obesity Threatening National Security

December 12, 2012 by  

Obesity Threatening National Security
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The United States has a growing national security problem: Many Americans are becoming too fat to serve in the Armed Forces.

The Washington Post points out in a recent piece that obesity is the leading cause of ineligibility for people who want to join the U.S. Army, and the number of troops being discharged for failing fitness scores is snowballing.

From the year 1998 to 2010, according to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the number of active-duty military personnel described as overweight or obese tripled with 86,186 troops (5.3 percent of the force) in the category by 2010.

As commanders prepare for drawdowns in combat zones and mandates that require military reduction in force, physical fitness is coming under much scrutiny in military units. In the first 10 months of this year, 1,625 troops were discharged for being physically unfit for service, five times the number let go for the same reasons in 2007 at the height of Mideast conflict.

“During a war period, when we were ramping up, the physical standards didn’t have a lot of teeth because we needed bodies to go overseas, to fill platoons and brigades,” said Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL and fitness expert told The Post. “During a period of drawdown, everything starts getting teeth, and that’s kind of where we are again.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • FreedomFighter

    I think congress should have the same fitness requirements as the military.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Warrior

      Do you mean “fitness” OR “fitness for duty”?

    • eddie47d

      Does this mean our troops are doing more couch surfing and drinking Big Gulps than doing calisthenics? Maybe they need more useful work with all that down time. Then again if they are not fit to fight then we shouldn’t be having so many wars.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    IN THE MEMPHIS AREA, “BLACK-MARKET” EBT-Card TRANSACTIONS ARE EXTREMELY COMMON. OBVIOUSLY, PEOPLE ARE GETTING TOO HIGH OF A CREDIT-LIMIT ON THEIR EBT-Cards. PEOPLE ARE SELLING THEIR FOOD CREDIT FOR CASH.

    IF THE GOVERNMENT REDUCED THESE CREDIT-LIMITS ON EBT-Cards, PEOPLE WOULD BE FORCED TO BUY FOOD WHICH IS SUITABLE FOR THEIR “SOCIAL STATION” – LIKE, NECKBONES AND “WHOLE-FRYER” CHICKENS – INSTEAD OF BUYING, OXTAILS, “CENTER-CUT” PORK CHOPS AND FROZEN “HOT WINGS.”

    IN AMERICA, THERE IS A DEFINITE CONNECTION BETWEEN OBESITY AND HIGH CREDIT-LIMITS ON EBT Cards. STOPPING THIS FRAUD WOULD PROVIDE MORE PHYSICALLY-FIT PEOPLE FOR THE MILITARY.

    • Warrior

      Could this be one of those unintended consequences of the “scrool busing” program?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Warrior,”

        SIR, I WILL SAY, WHEN NEGROES SAW THE TYPES OF FOOD CAUCASIANS ATE, THEY BECAME JEALOUS. NEGRO CHILDREN ARE “CARBON COPIES” OF THEIR PARENTS. SCHOOL DESEGREGATION TAUGHT NEGROES THE ART OF “ENVY.”

        WHY DO YOU THINK NEGROES – NOW – HAVE KITCHENS WITH ISLAND RANGE-TOPS, SHOWER STALLS AND JACUZZIS IN THEIR HOMES? [That is not "Keeping up with the Joneses;" that is keeping up with the "white man"].

      • Chester

        Warrior and Mr.Horton, this “Physical Fitness” for the military is just another way to justify kicking people out who are perfectly fit to do their jobs, but really, now excess personnel. Much the same thing has gone on every time the US military has had to endure a major “Reduction in Force.”

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Chester,”

        THIS MORNING, I VISITED A CASINO IN TUNICA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI.

        AN OBESE-NEGRO FEMALE WAS A SECURITY GUARD AT THIS CASINO. SHE WAS SO OBESE THAT SHE “WADDLED” – LIKE, A DUCK – WHEN SHE WALKED. IF SOMEONE IN THE CASINO HAD “SNATCHED” ANOTHER PERSON’S PURSE, OR, “WINNINGS-REDEMPTION TICKET” AND “RAN-OUT THE DOOR,” THIS SECURITY GUARD WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO OBESE TO CATCH THE THIEF.

        SO, “Chester,” WHEN YOU SAY, ” … just another way to justify kicking people out who are perfectly fit to do their jobs … “, SIGNIFIES YOU ARE IGNORANT OF THE IMPACT PHYSICAL FITNESS HAS ON A JOB WHICH REQUIRES “BRUTE” STRENGTH.

    • Karolyn

      The only people who get big money via SNAP are those with kids. A single senior woman receiving $723 per month SS only gets $138 per month. Try eating on that. As a matter of fact Newark’s mayor made a bet to try to eat on $5 per day for a month to show how hard it is.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Karolyn,”

        MA’AM, YOU ARE CORRECT. PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN GET MORE FOOD CREDIT.

        “Karolyn,” MA’AM, I WAS TYPING AS A NEGRO. CAUCASIANS AND NEGROES PREPARE WEEKLY MEALS DIFFERENTLY.

        LET US SAY, A NEGRO FAMILY WANTS FRIED PORK CHOPS, FRIED “ICE” POTATOES, MACARONI&CHEESE AND HOMEMADE BISCUITS [OR, GARLIC BREAD] FOR DINNER. THESE ITEMS WILL BE PREPARED IN LARGE COOKWARE, SO THERE WILL BE ENOUGH TO LAST THREE OR FOUR DAYS. [This is the reason why Negroes like microwave ovens - not for "popping" popcorn]. THEREFORE, “Karolyn,” WHEN YOU COOK “THREE-OR-FOUR-DAY MEALS” ON A CONSISTENT BASIS, YOUR MONTHLY FOOD BILL WILL NOT BE, AS HIGH AS, THOSE WHO PREPARE FRESH MEALS DAILY.

        BECAUSE MOST NEGROES PREPARE THEIR FOOD IN A WAY WHICH LASTS, THOSE WITH EBT-Cards HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF EXCESS FOOD CREDIT WHICH IS UTILIZED FRAUDULENTLY.

  • Aileen McLean

    Forgive my white skinned response, but I think there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have nice things as long as you’re willing to work for them. Skin color doesn’t make you special.

    My people were poor. They didn’t like it. They worked their butts off so their kids could get good educations and have it better than they did.

    I think it’s ironic that my diet resembles the old “poor people’s” diet of traditional home cookin.’ It turns out “real” foods like oxtail soup, whole fryer chickens, beans, and greens are much healthier for us.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Aileen McLean,”

      THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING NICE THINGS, IF YOU ARE USED TO HAVING NICE THINGS. BUT, MANY NEGROES ARE NOT USED TO HAVING NICE THINGS. NEGROES ARE IN DEBT [HOME FORECLOSURES, ETC.] BECAUSE THEY ARE OBSESSED WITH HAVING NICE THINGS THAT THEY CAN NOT AFFORD.

      WHEN THESE ADULT NEGROES WERE SMALL CHILDREN AT HOME, THEIR MAMAS DID NOT PREPARE CRAB AND LOBSTER. [Fish was the ONLY seafood "old school mamas" cooked]. BUT, SINCE CAUCASIANS LOVE CRAB AND LOBSTER, NEGROES “HAVE TO HAVE IT,” IN ORDER TO SHOW SOCIETY THEY HAVE “ARRIVED.”

      • Chester

        Mr. Horton, do know a bit of your background from following you on here, but do NOT know where you lived that MOST white families had crab and lobster as anything other than a rare treat. Where I grew up, crab and lobster weren’t even on most restaurant menus, so for sure were not any sort of an everyday staple for anyone. Truthfully, what I have seen black youth craving and screaming for are things I would have looked at and walked away from when I was growing up, Who in his right mind is going to buy his kid a two hundred dollar pair of tennis shoes (basketball shoes to most of the young people) simply because some big name player put his name on them? Why should Michael Jordan’s name on a pair of sneaks make them worth ten to twenty times as much as a pair of Walmart cheapies? By the same token, why would any youngster with any sense want to wear his pants so it looks like he is wandering around in jail? See, I do know where some of these styles came from, whether the kids who think they are so hot do or not. Quit blaming the black man’s envy and greed on the whites and take a real good look at how so many blacks came to be here in the first place. For sure it wasn’t the whites who went out and captured them with the idea of making slaves of them.

      • Audrey

        Have you see housing in a white neighborhood 50. 60. Year old housing….still looks ok…used but livable…then look at black housing. 5 10 years old….old, dilapidated..looks lie a slum..broken windows. Borked doors..garbage lying all over the pace. These people can keep anything nice. They get what they deserve

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Chester,”

        YOU CHANGED THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION – I WAS NOT TALKING ABOUT SLAVERY.

        “Chester,” AS YOU KNOW, I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI. YOU MISUNDERSTOOD MY POINT IN REFERENCE TO CRAB AND LOBSTER. WHEN I WAS A CHILD IN THE EARLY 1970s, NEGROES BELIEVED THERE ARE TYPES OF FOOD “white folks eat” AND TYPES OF FOOD “black folks eat.” BECAUSE NEGROES WANT TO MIMIC EVERYTHING CAUCASIANS DO, IS THE REASON WHY THEY EAT CRAB AND LOBSTER, TODAY.

        NEGROES ARE OBESE BECAUSE THEY ARE JEALOUS OF CAUCASIANS. PERIOD.

  • http://Twawki TEO

    I served for 17 years and got out for a few years after a personal family tragedy. After 3 years I tried to re-enter to serve and complete my 20 yrs. I was denied because I had been diagnosed with GERD/Reflux and could not re-enlist. Even after 9/11 I was unable to get in (all because of 1 pill a day) I was told that this was a disability and could get out the next day and receive retirement. I was in better shape then over 1/2 of the “KIDS” at MEPS. The problem is NOT Obesity, The Problem is NOT wanting to Serve!!!

    • Louis XVI

      Serve nothing and no one. To serve is to slave. Read THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS, by Ayn Rand. Get ahold of who you are and your own value. Live not at the expense of yourself or at anyone elses expense. Regards.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Sam needs to look into the “fat” problem that is the REAL danger to our national security and even our national survival. That is the ever-increasing number of “fatheads” we see at one particular end of the political spectrum.

    • Bill

      That was a real intelligent remark, Right Drain Thinker,
      This is all a master plan developed by your agenda 21 buddies. You promote monsanto with their GMO foods, which will create obesity and disease. Then you pass Obamacare which will make a failed drug based healing system more expensive and less effiecient.
      And Wa La, you have a bunch of fat people dying before their time.

      It fits perfectly into your agenda 21 plan of decreasing the populations

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Bill says: “That was a real intelligent remark, Right Drain Thinker”

        A lot more intelligent than DRAIN, I’m sure.

        Where’s your sense of humor, DILL? Are you a perhaps a sour pickle person? Sam writes a little “throw-away” piece, and I make a joke to see if I can “prod” anyone and up the number of comments for him, and you are assessing its suitability for inclusion in a book of famous quotes? Lighten up.

        And Agenda 21? I have never mentioned it and never responded to anyone who did before this message. I have no agenda 21 “buddies” beyond you.

  • Steve E

    When I was a kid playing baseball, we always used the fat kid to play catcher. They always did a good job and made a great backstop. Perhaps the Service could find some position for them to work in. When I was in the Navy during Vietnam, a lot of the Chief Petty Officers on the ship were fat. We lost the war but it wasn’t because of the fat Chief’s, it was because of the Fat Heads in Washington.

    • diderot

      You didnt’t lose the war in Vietnam. According to that Sociopath Nixon, you won ‘peace with honor.” Actually, you were there to spend resources. Remember the $800.00 toilet seats, etc? Just think of the overpriced tanks, copters, etc., brought to us by the monopolies in the Military Industrial Complex. Troops are hired to use these up and increase the budgets and profits. They are the real “collateral damage.” Read War is a Racket by General Smedley Butler. Its on line. A new perspective. And, have voluntary service for us and compulsory draft for the grandchildren of all congress/senate. And mske sure they serve in the infantry.

      • Louis XVI

        Hey, lets saddle up the Romney children and the two Soetero girls. They are just about ready to carry a pack and get into the infantry. Uh, yea, the Bush girls, too.

      • Chester

        Diderot, Vietnam was STOLEN by the same people who are giving away Afghanistan and Iraq. Yeah, some of them are Democrats, but nearly as many are Republicans who see more profit to be made by moving troops around, cutting a bunch of experienced people loose so the next time we need warm bodies in a hurry, we will be calling up the fleet reserve, those who have served and received honorable discharges without a major medical reason. Think THEY will be happy to give up family and job simply because too many of them were let go too soon? Don’t think it can happen, take a good look at that enlistment contract.

  • http://N/A G.R.Estepp

    ive seen this before its all economic in nature. When they need canon fodder they relax the wight regs, when they forsee not needing the large number of enlisties or want to cut the number to save money they bring these back. YOUR SERVICE RECORD COULD BE EXELENT AND YOU COULD BE IN LINE FOR a HIGH RANKING AWARD OR MEDAL AND THEYED STILL OUST YOU.i SAW GUYS OUSTED FOR BEING TOO HEAVY WHILE THEY RETAINED SKINNY LITTLE DRUG HEADS THEY HAD HAD TO SEND TO REHAB TWICE.

  • diderot

    Hey, great idea. Chubby up your kids before they reinstitute the draft and send ‘em off to another corporate war that we will “win with honor.”

    • c t frank

      That’s pretty much what I did. My son has a weight problem. When Bush was president, I told him to lose weight for his health but stay too fat for the armed forces in case the draft was reinstated. He lost about half his excess weight, and will lose the rest in a couple of years when he’s too old for the draft. I’d rather have him sick at home than shot to bits abroad.

      • Jani

        Hey c t frank, based upon your conniving scheme, I believe the U.S. government has within it’s power a way to virtually eliminate the obesity epidemic among our young people. First, reinstate the draft, but not using the old fitness criteria. You base the draft number based upon the individual’s BMI (body mass index) number. The ones with a larger percentage reading over their BMI, the earlier they are drafted. Then the military gets them away from the abusive, unhealthy eating situation they were brought up in, and whips them into a lean, mean fighting machine. If a parent is truly concerned in keeping their child out of the draft, they will instill proper eating habits at an early age, deny them the ho-hos, potato chips, etc, and explain to them that they are doing it so that later in life they will not be drafted and possibly die for the big corporations that was mentioned in the prior post (ironic that some of the big corportations are the very ones who produce the very products that actually fatten up the little kiddies).
        Conversely, the government should then also adopt the same plan in reverse for hiring of civilian government employees. Only those with a BMI that is appropriate or lower would be even considered for civilian govt employment, thus making THEM more apt to move their arses for the taxpaying public they are hired to serve. They will be a healthier lot who will tap into the taxpayer paid health insurance a lot less.
        All in all I would say that this is a fine solution to a terrible obesity epidemic going on, and would force parents like c t frank to work towards a healthy upbringing for their children instead of taking a lazy-man’s approach to childrearing.

  • rendarsmith

    The government pushed to put both parents in the workforce to pay more taxes and put their kids in daycare. Now no one makes home-cooked meals anymore and everyone eats fast food instead. What did they expect?

    • Louis XVI

      They expected exactly what u are saying. Now u r too busy to inculcate your values into your children with any “durability.” In school longer and in daycare with other riffraff, (I say this because anyone you ordinarily would not choose your children to associate with is now off the table) the schools get to teach your kids their values. Watch for them to have no loyalty to their parénts and your values, and to be easily turned into hostile little nazis. Lets all sxxxcan our desire for goods (aspiring to pretend to be like the rich), quit our jobs, go on government assistance full time, and raise our kids the way we want to. We win.

  • GOERING, THE FAT PIG COLLECTIVIST BUREAUCRAT……

    Zees fatties are sretenink za nashunul zekireetee? Maypee zay neet tu pee arreshted und eemprisund. Ay kann karuntee zat za fat vil kom off deez shwine! FEMA lebt!

    • HELMUT SCHEISSKOPF, INTERPRETER FOR BUREAUCRATGOERING

      Interpreter Helmut Scheisskopt here. This is what my boss bureaucrat Goering meant to say in english: ” These fatties are threatening the national security? Maybe they need to be arreshted and imprisoned. I can guarantee that the day will come off of these swine. FEMA lives!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

    I don’t know what the big deal is with fat people in the millitary, or why it’s considered a national security risk. After all, they allow and promote women in the infantry and allow and promote homosexuals. What could be more destructive to a fighting force than women and homos? At least with fat people a good drill instructor – who wasn’t hamstrung with all this politically correct, namby-pamby, mollycoddling, could with get the fatties in shape.

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