Thursday, May 14, 2009

Are Americans Too Fat to Serve Our Country?

With two wars dragging on in perpetuity, the U.S. Military is starved for recruits. Potential recruits, on the other hand, are not starved at all. In fact, one in five military-age Americans are too fat to serve.

And considering the Army allows 26 percent body fat for men and even more for women, this isn't "too fat to be an underwear model" fat, this is "have to buy two seats on an airplane" fat.

The military is doing all it can to slim the waistlines of the robust recruits, including playing the role of personal trainer to help them reach an acceptable rate. But at this rate, is the Pentagon going to have to develop new combat techniques based on sitting on the bad guys?


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