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National security is threatened by the sharp rise in obesity rates for young people over the last 15 years, the group Mission: Readiness contends. Weight problems are now the leading medical reason that recruits are rejected, the group says, and thus jeopardize the military’s ability to fill its ranks.

The solution? To throw some money at it of course…

The school lunch bill, currently awaiting a Senate vote, would establish healthier options for all foods in schools, including vending machine items. The legislation would spend $4.5 billion more over 10 years for nutrition programs.

Full Story – HERE

There are going to be a bunch of cranky kids in the school system if they are going to have to eat celery and baby carrots rather than Twinkies and Dunk-a-roos.

<tinfoil> I wonder if this pending bill is evidence of a planned draft? </tinfoil>

I talked about a similar story in November 2009 from the Military perspective – HERE

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A Florida woman said her love handles saved her life when she was shot entering an Atlantic City bar. Samantha Lynn Frazier said she heard two pops when she walked into Herman’s Place early Saturday. The 35-year-old then felt pain and saw blood on her hand after she grabbed her left side. Atlantic City police said Frazier was an innocent bystander.

Frazier told The Press of Atlantic City that ‘I could have been dead. They said my love handles saved my life.”

I don’t know who “they” are, but if she means doctors, I highly doubt any of them told her that the fact she had love handles actually saved her life.  Muscle is far more dense than fat, so having less fat and more muscle would have actually been even better at stopping a bullet.

Also, I highly doubt she was shot with anything but a mouse caliber and probably not a direct hit either.  My guess is that she got grazed, because the bullet wasn’t intended for her in the first place.

Frazier also told the newspaper that she had been “hollering” that she wanted to lose weight. She now said “I want to be as big as I can if it’s going to stop a bullet.”

Great perpetuation of a stereotype Associated Press, to print that she was “hollering” in quotations.  That made me LOL :lol:

Samantha wants to be as big as she can now to stop a bullet?  I’d suggest the opposite, and start working out and trimming down… that way she would be less of a target.  Another con of trying to be as “big as you can” is the health aspect… even if you think that will save you from bullets, how is it going to save you from dying prematurely from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases associated with obesity.

Samantha, please think this one through before you start eating McDonalds 5 times a day to stop bullets.

Source: Associated Press

Hat Tip: Stuff From Hsoi

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From the ArmyTimes:

According to the latest Pentagon figures, a full 35 percent, or more than one-third, of the roughly 31.2 million Americans aged 17 to 24 are unqualified for military service because of physical and medical issues. And, said Curt Gilroy, the Pentagon’s director of accessions, “the major component of this is obesity. We have an obesity crisis in the country. There’s no question about it.”

Full Article – HERE

So, since that established that not everyone can do the job… WHY are the guys that are doing it, not getting paid more?

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