Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Too Fat to Fight

The military once again uses their assets in the media to issue another national security warning.

No, this time it's not al-Qaeda or homegrown extremists. It's fat kids. And kids that are dumb and criminal.

At least 9 million Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are too fat and unfit to serve in the military, says "Too Fat to Fight," a report being released today by Mission: Readiness, a group of retired military leaders. 

The new report follows findings from the senior military leaders group that 75 percent of adults in that age range are unqualified to serve in the armed forces because they lack the physical conditioning, don't have high school diplomas, or have criminal records. 

On Monday, one of the organization's members, retired Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, said early childhood education {war propaganda} was important to national security. 

Speaking before several hundred educators and business leaders at a forum on early education in Harrisburg, Craig said, "Our national security in 2030 is heavily dependent on the boys and girls in preschool and kindergarten right now." 

"I'm here to say that if we don't take action soon, it's going to get harder to recruit qualified people to serve," said Craig, a former commander of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. 

Being overweight or obese is the leading medical reason applicants fail to qualify for military service, "Too Fat to Fight" states.

"Every month, hundreds of otherwise excellent candidates for military service are turned away by recruiters because of weight problems," retired Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in the report. 

Since 1995, the proportion of recruits who failed their physical exams because they were overweight has risen by nearly 70 percent, the report says. {more}

Wars without end require planning and the kindergartner of today is the killer of tomorrow. How can a fat fighter chase the terrorists up and down the mountains of Afghanistan? Occupations of foreign lands is no place for the obese.

Now we all cringe every time we see a 200 lb. 12 year old chase down his Big Mac with a Mountain Dew. It's a sure sign that the corporate jingles have been successful. The health care costs of childhood obesity are bad enough and how do parents afford new upsized clothes every few months?

But I'm thinking that the military is overreacting. New technology can overcome the lack of slim bodies to kill civilians and women and children.

That's what drones are for .....


  1. No big deal; they can always find work in a police department or as a prison guard.

  2. Two things...

    I was going to write about this as well but I put up the Fort Hood update first. What I wanted to point out is something that this article fails to mention and that is the first "too fat too fight" argument came from the First Lady about a month ago. She mentioned it in an interview talking about her 'get fit" program or whatever that is. But really, when I researched it, it was first voiced in the Bush administration...

    The second thing I want to put out there is this campaign, though it may be good for kids to some degree, but it really benefits the insurance industry since childhood obesity is pretty much the biggest cost to them in that age group. Get rid of the obesity and you knock a huge chunk of their costs right out the window. and the First Lady jumped right on this bandwagon right after the signing of the Obamacare law.

  3. Locally this issue became somewhat controversial when a few months ago, before the MO initiative, the school system sent a letter home to many parents saying that their children were overweight based on body mass index.

    The conversation, including my own on a local website turned to the school food program where corporate sweetheart deals result in the dumping of many millions of dollars of crap food including sometimes contaminated meat. Until this is addressed, it's hard to take seriously any gov program.

    Ultimately it comes down to the parents and what they allow their kids to eat and sad to say that overall it seems to be a losing cause.

    We wish the obesity epidemic could be overcome but not just for the benefit of insurance companies and the military.

  4. And what is making them fat? Many of the chemicals in the food, vaccines, water and air all attack the pancreas which leads to obesity.

    Bisphenol in plastics, fluoride, timmersol mercury, gmo foods, barium in chemtrails, nickle in stainless steel cookware, teflon, cadmium, chlorine, nano particles now appearing in many things.

    The corporate state seems to be killing the fodder for the war machine. There will be a solution most likely, probably government assisted suicide.

    You almost have to eat kosher to make it these days. I do recommend silver utensils, iron frying pans as well as copper. You need copper to form healthy blood cells. You can't develop normally without it. Abstaining from all vaccine would be wise.