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    Fat Americans a Threat to National Security

    US youngsters are too fat to fight, warn generals


    Former generals want Congress to act to give children better food in schools

    Rising rates of obesity among young Americans could undermine the future of the US military, two retired generals have warned.

    More than a quarter of young Americans are now too fat to fight, they said.

    Writing in the Washington Post, the ex-commanders said the fat crisis ruled out more potential military service recruits than any other medical factor.

    They want Congress to introduce laws to give US children better nutrition in schools, with less sugar, salt and fat.

    John Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton, both former chairmen of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote: "Obesity rates threaten the overall health of America and the future strength of our military."

    "We consider this problem so serious from a national security perspective that we have joined more than 130 other retired generals, admirals and senior military leaders in calling on Congress to pass new child nutrition legislation," the commanders added.

    The warning comes amid mounting fears that childhood obesity has turned into an "epidemic" affecting an astonishing one in three young American people.

    Mr Shalikashvili and Mr Shelton pointed to post-school lunch laws from 1946, which recognised that poor nutrition reduced the pool of military recruits.

    "We must act, as we did after World War II, to ensure that our children can one day defend our country, if need be."

    Obesity rates in the US have surged over the last year, according to one report .

    The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found adult obesity rates rose in 23 of the 50 states, but fell in none.


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    Super sized Big Mac meal please, because as a typical American i want to consume as much of the worlds resources as i possibly can. Fok all these hungry people in the world when i can eat what they do in a year in one sitting.

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    Yep, unfortumately Mc Donalds have more clout with the Merican gubment than 130 retired generals.
    The American fast food industry even got an exeption from the minimum wage when it was introduced.
    All about money, don't you know.

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    I didn't realise that the US military had the right to prescribe the diet of US citizens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lysander View Post
    I didn't realise that the US military had the right to prescribe the diet of US citizens.
    They don't.
    Perhaps if they did the Merican wouldn,t be a butch of lardy arsed losers.

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    America certainly is the home base of most international restaurants like those in the fast food industry and many others. It has more restaurants located in foreign countries worldwide than any other nation and probably all other nations combined. The Chinese are probably second to the Americans in terms of having restaurants abroad. The rest of the world goes for American food and so it will probably go the way of fat. So much of the canned and processed food sold internationally around the world also comes from American companies. No one beats the US in terms of food production or products. Those are the facts that are fattening up the US and soon the rest of the world. I would put my money on the US leading the next food waves or organic, etc. The US is usually the leader or the place where trends are monopolised on. Time will tell.

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    Shit - DD posted this story before I could. LoLs

    Americans
    a 1/4 are too fat to fight
    a 1/4 are gay and can't fight without a handbag
    a 1/4 are of Hispanic DNA and would run away in a fight
    a 1/4 aren't capable of finding the recruitment office if they wanted to fight

    I guess this is why they rely so much on drones, missiles and soldiers from other countries to fight their wars

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    Super sized Big Mac meal please, because as a typical American i want to consume as much of the worlds resources as i possibly can. Fok all these hungry people in the world when i can eat what they do in a year in one sitting.
    At least we're not as fat as you Australians...

    As confirmed by your own country's health organization:

    MELBOURNE, June 20 (UPI) -- Australia is the fattest nation in the world, with more than 9 million adults classified as obese or overweight, a new study indicates.

    Australia now fattest country, study says - UPI.com
    There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
    HST

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    The Brits aren't far behind:

    Britain is the fattest country in Europe, the Government said yesterday as it published the most comprehensive picture yet of the nation's health.

    Figures show that 23 per cent of adults are classified as obese, ahead of Spain (13.1 per cent), Germany (12.9), France (9.4) and Italy (8.5).


    Britain becomes the fat man of Europe - Telegraph

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    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    Super sized Big Mac meal please, because as a typical American i want to consume as much of the worlds resources as i possibly can. Fok all these hungry people in the world when i can eat what they do in a year in one sitting.
    At least we're not as fat as you Australians...

    As confirmed by your own country's health organization:

    MELBOURNE, June 20 (UPI) -- Australia is the fattest nation in the world, with more than 9 million adults classified as obese or overweight, a new study indicates.

    Australia now fattest country, study says - UPI.com
    Nice..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    Super sized Big Mac meal please, because as a typical American i want to consume as much of the worlds resources as i possibly can. Fok all these hungry people in the world when i can eat what they do in a year in one sitting.
    Of course brits dont' want to join the military as they get more being on the dole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Yep, unfortumately Mc Donalds have more clout with the Merican gubment than 130 retired generals.
    The American fast food industry even got an exeption from the minimum wage when it was introduced.
    All about money, don't you know.
    Actually that is wrong. American labor laws exempt waiters and waitresses from minimum wage laws, which is why cheap aussies get dirty looks when they don't leave a tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sccrhound View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Yep, unfortumately Mc Donalds have more clout with the Merican gubment than 130 retired generals.
    The American fast food industry even got an exeption from the minimum wage when it was introduced.
    All about money, don't you know.
    Actually that is wrong. American labor laws exempt waiters and waitresses from minimum wage laws, which is why cheap aussies get dirty looks when they don't leave a tip.
    Yeah, but the lobbyist for the exeption were the likes of McD, Burgerkunt, KFC etc etc.

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    Yes, the generals are right!

    You must stay thin, so you can die for your country! What genius!

    Anyway, if you don't want to get sent off to some faraway place to die, I guess you'd better eat up real quick. Sure way to avoid the draft is to get real fat! Nice tip from the generals, they're pacifists really...
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    It's difficult for me to believe that anyone could be stupid enough to volunteer for the military after the fiasco of the Iraq War, and the lousy way wounded soldiers returning from Iraq were treated. It's one thing to die defending your country, it's quite another to risk your life for corporate greed and profits.

    What they are really saying is that there is a correlation between being stupid enough to volunteer for the military and being fat.
    Last edited by BobR; 02-05-2010 at 12:47 PM.

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    Spot on dogcatcher.

    Big money involved in the fast food loggy and industry. Very powerful.

    Sad but, true.
    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Yep, unfortumately Mc Donalds have more clout with the Merican gubment than 130 retired generals.
    The American fast food industry even got an exeption from the minimum wage when it was introduced.
    All about money, don't you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post

    What they are really saying is that there is a correlation between being stupid enough to volunteer for the military and being fat.

    That's a bit too liberal of a view even for me...

    These generals are calling for congress to institute new laws re: the nutritional quality of school lunches (using an example from 1946 when school lunch quality declined after the war and adversely affected students' health)- to me, that's a pretty good thing.

    If a kid wants to join the army, fitness shouldn't stop him (thousands of kids have become college graduates through military scholarships and grants, and tens of thousands of others have learned trades which have served them well once they left the service).

    If you join the military, you might have to go to war (even a war that's deemed unjust)- they're pretty upfront about that.

    And let's face it- we Americans are nearly the fattest bunch in the world (though at least we're not as fat as the Aussies...)- even if it's done with an eye towards filling the military's recruitment quotas, healthier kids are a winner all around.

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    More than a quarter of young Americans are now too fat to fight, they said.
    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMoer View Post
    More than a quarter of young Americans are now too fat to fight, they said.
    LOL
    I'll be happy to fight any of those chubby little bastards- 'too fat to fight' my ass.

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    "US youngsters are too fat to fight, warn generals"

    they went on later to say however that it wasn't a problem as they could destroy the planet with only 3 full time staff and two part-timers.

    So for now the official line is...

    "Keep eatin' the burgers son"

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    I do believe as a layman that the obesity explosion is linked to the introduction of HFCs into food, starting in 1975.

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    The obesity explosion is a result of living ye olde American wet-dream. Consume as much as possible and do as lil as possible. A concept that spread around the world more effectively than any other American product.

    Of course, it's easier to blame KFC and McD.

    It wasn't me, honestly.

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    ^^^

    Great- now we invented laziness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe
    Great- now we invented laziness.
    Bastards

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FailSafe
    Great- now we invented laziness.
    Bastards
    I wonder if there's some kind of international trademark or patent infringement case we can bring against you Europeans and Aussies- you've certainly co-opted the intellectual property we came up with through generations of (not so) hard work...

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