Too Fat To Fight?

Here’s an interesting article from NPR’s health blog entitled, “Too Fat to Fight? Obesity Threatens Military Recruiting.” by Richard Knox.

The article opens with:

During World War II, at least 40 percent of potential military recruits were undernourished. So after the war, military leaders helped convince Congress to pass the National School Lunch Program  to make subsidized meals part of kids’ nutritional curriculum.

And, maybe partly as a result, today’s soldiers are an inch-and-a-half taller on average.

But now the military has the opposite problem, young people are getting too much nutrition. A growing number of potential recruits are “too fat to fight. ”

More than 9 million Americans of prime recruiting age are too heavy to join up, says the group, calledMission Readiness.

“Overall only 1 in 4 of our young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 is eligible for military service,” says Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett (ret.). Obesityis one of the main reasons, he says. Full Story

I just couldn’t believe that, “Overall only 1 in 4 of our young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 is eligible for military service,” when I read it. Can this be true?

I found this video on YouTube entitled, “Obesity Prevents People from Joining the Military.” According to the video, the Army allows women up to 241 pounds and men up to 259 pounds to join.

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