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Friday, September 28, 2012

Too Fat To Fight?

The obesity epidemic is now affecting our military. Young men otherwise qualified are failing to qualify for one reason - their weight. They are too fat to fight. Would these same young men have the discipline to fight anyway? I have seen police officers that I wondered about, and nurses. Of course, this problem is related to all occupations.


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  1. Quite a while back (I'm going to say 1996?) I was working in an office setting where I needed to hire a few long term temps for a project. One of the guys the agency sent me -- who ended up being my best worker, incidentally -- was a kid 19 or 20 years of age. He and I worked side by side a lot and in conversation I asked him why he wasn't in college or taking classes, etc. His plan had been to go into the Marines after high school the year before and I guess he got through the recruiting and physical exam and what not (I don't know the specific steps of the process), packed his bag and showed up at the bus stop, and the sergeant putting the new recruits on the bus to go to Parris Island took one look at him, said he wasn't going anywhere til he lost 50 pounds, and sent him home. I do wonder now and then whatever happened to him; he was a smart kid and good at what he did.

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    1. I have those same thoughts because I relate it to myself. I can understand 50 lb. not getting in the way of working in an office so much but I do see how it could affect someone in the military. We have all made the comparison of weight loss to how many bags of something that was to carry around all day and if the lives of others depend upon a young man in battle, is that a fair requirement? I think it is. Of course, I also think that weight might have come off in basic training. It would seem those who are overweight would weed themselves out in basic training or those in charge could wait until then to make the decision to cut someone. I do know since my son is in the Army that being in top physical shape is very important on the battlefield.
      I really think productivity has to be affected at some point by obesity regardless of the occupation - even a stay at home Mom needs to be in good shape I think to do her best. We all need to be in good shape to do our best. Be careful out there today.

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  2. My husband was probably chunky when he joined the Air Force.. he say's they had him on the Fat Boy Program for quite a while.

    And I also wonder about fat cops.. how can they run after anyone and catch them?? although, I don't know how much of that actually happens. Yes, lots of fat nurses too... I know two personally, and one is my MIL lol.

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    1. Hopefully as much attention as this topic gets everywhere those who are drifting toward obesity will not want to be a part of the obesity example and start getting serious sooner than I did. We cannot "impose" healthy habits on others. We can only make it uncomfortable for them to stay like they are through higher insurance rates and co-pays and the sad thing is that will probably work better than the discomfort that comes from being less able to do everyday tasks. Take care.

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