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.


52 Small Steps

Shed pounds one small step at a time. Take one step a week for a year (in any order) or go at your own pace.Click here.

Stop Seeing Food as The Enemy

Writing about her experience with food and dieting, Jillian Michaels writes this in, “Master Your Metabolism”:

I knew that I needed to stop seeing food as the enemy and instead start learning about it as fuel for a long and healthy life.It was this realization that turned the light on for me.

This is really an interesting insight. How many of us see food as “the enemy” instead of trying to learn about it – so that we can live long and healthy lives. Of course the question then becomes, how and where can you actually learn about food?

The Roots of Fat, Part 1:

In the opening chapter of her book, “Master Your Metabolism,” Jillian Michaels writes about some of the causes of childhood obesity on page 15. The list includes:

Television: Every hour of television teens watch increases their risk of developing obesity by 2 percent. Reducing television viewing to 1 hour a week could cut the number of obese teens by almost one-third.

Here are a couple of other interesting articles:

Watching TV Leads to Obesity by Psychology Today.

How Does Increased Television Watching  ‘Weigh into’ Childhood Obesity by Science Daily.

Television Viewing and Childhood Obesity, NIH abstract.

Strength Training circa 1948

1948: “3-sets-of-10”

The year the first study was done on the 3-setsof-10 scheme- the most commonly followed parameter in strength training. (Source: Men’s Fitness, June, 2012.)

Speaking of strength training, here’s an interesting article from Men’s Health magazine entitled, 5 Muscle Myths Holding you Back.

Whiteboard Request “Rusty Cage” by Johnny Cash