And by large, I mean fat.

About a quarter of entry-level candidates for the military are too overweight to serve or to make it through their first enlistment, according to the Pentagon. And the Defense Department spends $1.1 billion a year on medical care related to excess weight and obesity.

Military food is in for a change.

Under the Military Health System’s new obesity and nutrition awareness campaign, more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and lower-fat entrees will be coming to the 1,100 service member dining halls across the United States in coming months.

Eventually the military will have enough people who are into CrossFit, MovNat, and barefoot running that they won’t get sucked into the same bullshit low-fat USDA guidelines forever.  Of course, any changes that result in fewer industrial foods will show an improvement.

What would be even better is if they run some studies comparing different diets — just like they showed that matching running shoes to foot types doesn’t do jack shit to reduce running injuries.  The military has the ability, funding, and motivation to randomize diets and enforce compliance in a way that other institutions don’t.  SO JUST TEST IT.

And don’t forget to put a few platoons on a vegan diet.  (Just make sure they’re not on active duty.)

Full article here.  Thanks to Joe for the link.

6 Responses to “U.S. military too large, makes cuts”

  1. Runcible says:

    I think it is unkind to use the military population as test subjects, just because there is the incorrect idea that the military has the ability to enforce frivolous ideas. 


    Contrary to what many think, the military’s primary purpose is not to be the means for social experiments generated by the governing body; even if it is, in fact, a long running social experiment of it’s own devising.

  2. Nathan Matthews says:

     The Navy did a study on how circumsicion does not prevent HIV or STI infections.

    So take that Bill Gates, Bono, and Obama!

  3. Gabriel Syme says:

    The world continues to lose its mind. No one questions the wisdom of replacing bad diets with low-calorie fare? The body needs a certain amount of calories every day, and if you only feed it 1000 calories of "healthy" fare, where do people think dieters are going to make it up? Why, with "fat-free" food that comes in bags from vending machines, that’s where. Calorie replacement never even enters the discussion.

     Schools want to combat obesity? How about instead of skim milk, giving kids WHOLE milk? Then they will eat less junk, because, imagine that, they won’t be as hungry. Same in the military, or any institution. At work, I see all the chubby ladies eating the fruit that is put out as part of our "wellness program". Then, two hours later, they munch on granola bars, diet shakes, several cans of diet soda, and Healthy Choice-type bland microwave cuisine. I hear them gripe about how they are chubby. The days melt into years, and nothing changes.


    • Mm says:

      I see the exact same thing. We have a new hire girl, and she is overweight and all I see her eating are Crystal Light, Lean Cuisine or "Light Options", fat free popcorn by the bag (which elicited a hilarious response by another overweight coworker about the fake butter smell irritating him), and diet soda. Meanwhile I am snarfing bacon and eggs, coffee with heavy cream, meats and fish and veggies, and my snack drawer has beef jerky, almonds and (horror) some dried fruit. Now, I honestly don’t know her intent, as I haven’t talked to her enough to figure out if she is actually interested in losing weight, but it damn sure looks like she is trying to eat as few calories as possible.

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