Military Declares Fat People a Threat to ‘National Security’
Grant J. Kidney— The U.S. military is waging one of its toughest of wars- the war against obesity.
The Pentagon spends roughly $1 billion in fighting the obesity epidemic among U.S. soldiers. Deemed ‘too fat to serve’, the military cannot recruit persons who exceed set weight restrictions.
“I’ve definitely seen the problem getting worse. The population has gotten bigger. They don’t move as much”, stated Army recruiter, Sgt. Laura Peterson.
Nearly 40% of the U.S. population is now considered clinically obese. With access to quick, unhealthy foods, America has become a nation of giants.
Retired Rear Adm. James Barnett labeled the obesity epidemic among U.S. soldiers a ‘national security threat’. “When you talk about nutrition, you talk about healthy bodies, but you also talk about healthy minds. Nutrition affects strong bodies, strong minds. We need both”, declared Barnett.
Almost thirty million Americans have succumbed to diabetes- and that number is rising fast, especially among children who were never taught by their overweight parents the basics of nutrition.
Though not a proven statistic, it would appear that the wealthier someone is, the healthier they tend to eat. Healthful, organic products are extremely expensive- only the rich could afford such luxury in high abundance.
With fifty million Americans now collecting food stamps, I can personally attest to having witnessed poor folk purchasing candies, soda pop, and potato chips with their EBT welfare cards.
The government claims that its doing all it can to help curb the obesity epidemic- however, it would appear that their efforts are simply ineffectual.
Rather than granting free money to the poor and the starving in the form of food stamps, why doesn’t the government- or some benevolent corporation- turn many of the now abandoned factories across the country in to giant fruit and vegetable ‘grow operations’ and distribute freely to those in need? Surely this would help to solve what has since become a serious problem for public health.
In one way its good that the military is finding it harder to fill their ranks. The American military industrial complex has long since served as one of the world’s foremost of terrorist organizations after all. However, a lack of recruits could possibly translate in to a reinstatement of the draft.