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(CNN)   American military leaders have finally just come out and admitted that Americans are too fat to fight. Hey, but we make good shields, right?   (thechart.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 110
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2012-09-26 10:32:56 AM  
Well, they were plenty skinny during the Korean and Vietnam wars and those were a draw and a loss, respectively.
 
2012-09-26 10:35:10 AM  
Let the Fast Food Wars begin...slowly.
 
2012-09-26 10:56:24 AM  
So, too fat to pilot drones? Or too fat to go invading countries on false pretenses?
 
2012-09-26 10:58:58 AM  
Subby, you disgusting fatbody! You gelatinous tub of goo! DO YOU HEAR ME PYLE!

croesius: So, too fat to pilot drones? Or too fat to go invading countries on false pretenses?


Yeah the Chair Force solved this problem decades ago.
 
2012-09-26 11:11:46 AM  
I have been told several times that I am a lean, mean, fighting machine by those in the mud wrestling occupation.
 
2012-09-26 11:37:47 AM  

gopher321: I have been told several times that I am a lean, mean, fighting machine by those in the mud wrestling occupation.


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-09-26 11:37:51 AM  
If your kids are fat; you are a failed parent.
If you are fat; you are a failed American.

USA! USA! USA!
 
2012-09-26 11:38:28 AM  
BPA?
 
2012-09-26 11:40:11 AM  
Remove the waffle bar from OP Restrepo!
 
2012-09-26 11:41:24 AM  
When the draft starts up again, will the fatties be exempt?
 
2012-09-26 11:41:40 AM  
We can sit on the enemy till help arrives.
 
2012-09-26 11:42:00 AM  
There must be somebody or something we can blame for this.
 
2012-09-26 11:42:53 AM  
you'd think they'd just buy stronger chairs.

www.pbs.org
 
2012-09-26 11:43:02 AM  
No problem, just create a Drone Army.

/Begun, the Drone Wars have!
 
2012-09-26 11:48:49 AM  
Operation Get Behind the Fatties?
 
2012-09-26 11:49:07 AM  
The invasion begins on Superbowl Sunday...
 
2012-09-26 11:49:46 AM  
I've always wanted to see a midget army. Harder to shoot, easier to armor, only downside is you couldn't ask them to carry as much.
 
2012-09-26 11:49:53 AM  
Conservatives like to go around and cry and whine about the First Lady's "Let's Move Campaign". Now let's apply the threat to national security angle and see what these jerks have to say.

Probably the same stuff.
 
2012-09-26 11:51:22 AM  
That's fine, if we get invaded or the apocolypse arrives the fatties will be slowest and that gives me extra time to run away. So you see, they serve a purpose.



/Gym
/26 minutes.
 
2012-09-26 11:51:25 AM  

wildcardjack: I've always wanted to see a midget army. Harder to shoot, easier to armor, only downside is you couldn't ask them to carry as much.


Because we all know one of the main factors of war is the element of surprise. And what could be more surprising than the First Batallion Transvestite Brigade? Airborne Wing.

www.dvdactive.com
 
2012-09-26 11:52:32 AM  
It gives a whole new meaning to, "Let's roll out."
 
2012-09-26 11:52:56 AM  
boot camp takes care of the issue initially, it's afterwards that's the problem.
www.militaryphotos.net
 
2012-09-26 11:53:53 AM  
Obligatory...

www.filehurricane.com
 
2012-09-26 11:54:00 AM  

KatjaMouse: wildcardjack: I've always wanted to see a midget army. Harder to shoot, easier to armor, only downside is you couldn't ask them to carry as much.

Because we all know one of the main factors of war is the element of surprise. And what could be more surprising than the First Batallion Transvestite Brigade? Airborne Wing.

[www.dvdactive.com image 300x141]


Your hotlink is broken so I'm picturing an image of a trebuchet.

Probably better this way.
 
2012-09-26 11:55:38 AM  

A Shambling Mound: Your hotlink is broken so I'm picturing an image of a trebuchet.

Probably better this way.


It was the oblig image of Eddie Izzard. You know. For that minority of Farkers who might not have seen the stand up where that "First Batallion Transvestite Brigade" line came from.
 
2012-09-26 11:56:43 AM  
i'm a excellent aimer

www.inquisitr.com
 
2012-09-26 11:56:52 AM  

URAPNIS: When the draft starts up again, will the fatties be exempt?


The Army had a great weight loss program back then. Twenty mile jogs would take off the weight. That was before women were in the platoon.
 
2012-09-26 11:57:42 AM  

gopher321: I have been told several times that I am a lean, mean, fighting machine by those in the mud wrestling occupation.



www.wearysloth.com

"I see what you did there, but I'm really Canadian AND dead, so..."
 
2012-09-26 11:57:44 AM  

KatjaMouse: Conservatives like to go around and cry and whine about the First Lady's "Let's Move Campaign". Now let's apply the threat to national security angle and see what these jerks have to say.

Probably the same stuff.


I'm all for mandatory exercise in gym classes for kids. I think we had one disgusting fatbody in my grade school. Even in high school we didn't have many fatties.

For adults, I say health insurance premiums are directly tied to silly behaviors. Skinny? Pay less. Disgusting fatbody - pay more. Disgusting fatbody who's got diseases related to their disgusting fatbody-ness (diabetes, complications due to not keep key markers in check, etc) - pay even more. In fact, pay 3-4 times what everyone else pays. Not even employer-subsidized. They pay they same they would for a healthy person, all the rest is passed on to the disgusting fatbodies.

/same with smokers
 
2012-09-26 11:58:03 AM  

KatjaMouse: Conservatives like to go around and cry and whine about the First Lady's "Let's Move Campaign". Now let's apply the threat to national security angle and see what these jerks have to say.


I sorta thought we had. It's been a while for me (cold war era solder that I was), but I do remember PT thrice weekly and it involving running 2 - 3 miles.
 
2012-09-26 11:59:43 AM  
Just line the fatasses up as human shields for the real soldiers.
 
2012-09-26 11:59:50 AM  
We're soft enough to make news like that public
mostly 'cause the military and it's battles are run by fat, rich politicians.

our elected officials sell out to foreign interests
and the people who elected these idiots sit around watching honey boo boo

You gonna tell me we're worth dying for..killed by a political 'ally'?
 
2012-09-26 11:59:51 AM  

david_gaithersburg: There must be somebody or something we can blame for this.


I blame Big Spoon
 
2012-09-26 11:59:51 AM  
i.imgur.com

He can't get out sir.

i.imgur.com

He can't get out sir, and we can't lift off.

i.imgur.com

Sir, there's no farking way he's getting in there.
 
2012-09-26 12:02:53 PM  

Mr_Ectomy: gopher321: I have been told several times that I am a lean, mean, fighting machine by those in the mud wrestling occupation.


[www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]

"I see what you did there, but I'm really Canadian AND dead, so..."


He would be considered remarkably fit nowadays.
 
2012-09-26 12:03:56 PM  
curllikeagirl.files.wordpress.com
A man's army, 50 years ago.
aw1tim.files.wordpress.com
Today
 
2012-09-26 12:04:14 PM  
This is a BIG issue. The government should provide tax deductions for people are workout 5 hours a week. Just be monitored with a wifi or a wireless ring, strap that thing into a database and tweet that shiat out.
 
2012-09-26 12:04:33 PM  
Who knew McDonald's was a force for peace?
I say, open up 100 fast food restaurants in the middle east, stat.
Also explains why there's always war in Africa. Those guys are just too damn outdoorsy.
 
2012-09-26 12:05:07 PM  
I can press 5 buttons with one finger... Come at me bro
 
2012-09-26 12:07:17 PM  

KatjaMouse: Conservatives like to go around and cry and whine about the First Lady's "Let's Move Campaign". Now let's apply the threat to national security angle and see what these jerks have to say.


... in the same way that back in the '80s and '90s when Reagan and Bush were pushing physical fitness programs in school the libs were screaming that it was just a way of preparing children to be drafted.

Oh how the tables have turned...
 
2012-09-26 12:09:58 PM  

ronaprhys: KatjaMouse: Conservatives like to go around and cry and whine about the First Lady's "Let's Move Campaign". Now let's apply the threat to national security angle and see what these jerks have to say.

Probably the same stuff.

I'm all for mandatory exercise in gym classes for kids.


Good idea.

[...]

For adults, I say health insurance premiums are directly tied to silly behaviors.

Hey, wait a minute: unless you're exempting practicing alcoholics I'd call your suggestion anti-Farker. And what sober person would be an admin here anyway? Heathen! Blasphemer!


/If I keep practicing I might get it right. Then I'll have one genuine skill.
 
2012-09-26 12:10:12 PM  
Kids on average consume 130 "empty" calories a day from candy, cookies and chips, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mission: Readiness has been working to get rid of junk food in schools since 2010, when it supported the passing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The act requires the USDA to update nutrition standards in schools.

The problem isn't because kids are eating candy. 130 calories a day is less than 1 candy bar. I ate candy all the time as a kid. I would sneak into my parents bedroom and take the loose change that fell out of their pockets onto the floor and go score some sugary goodness at the convenience store. And I was a twig.

The difference between me and obese kids isn't the one candy bar a day. It's the fact that my parents told me to get my ass out of the house and play outside. When it was light out I was playing 'kill the man with the ball', when it got dark I was allowed to come in and play video games. I started to get fat when I hit middle school and I got a ride to school every day and my parents were more lax on the go outside rules.
 
2012-09-26 12:16:58 PM  
Some are better than others.

1.bp.blogspot.com


Seriously though, our freaking military should be "no fatties allowed" and under the "national security" guise, you can't sue if your feelings get hurt. Put down the twinkie sir and give me 20.
 
2012-09-26 12:19:14 PM  
On a more serious note, I am really shocked by the fat army guy. lol. I know cops get fat or can be, they are civilians and there is a certain "able to do your job, equal rights, etc" but I am naive enough that I had assumed you can't be fat and be in the Army. Like... it was against the rules or something. lol. I just had no idea.
 
2012-09-26 12:24:09 PM  
Childhood obesity isn't just a health issue, according to a group of retired military leaders. It's also a national security issue.

Sounds like some old men yelling at clouds
 
2012-09-26 12:26:52 PM  
I blame it on secret eugenics programs designed to develop the perfect arctic killing machines for fighting the Soviet Union in Siberia. It's not the soldiers' fault the new generals all decided to invade hot places.
 
2012-09-26 12:27:29 PM  
What happened to female equality?

As Per Army Regulation 600-9, Males are allowed the following Body Fat Standards.
However, all personnel are encouraged to achieve the more stringent DOD goals which
is 18 % body fat for males and 26 % body fat for females.

Age Group 17-20: 20% Body Fat
Age Group 21-27: 22% Body Fat
Age Group 28-39: 24% Body Fat
Age Group 40+: 26% Body Fat


Personnel who are overweight, including Soldiers who become pregnant while on the
weight control program:
(1) Are nonpromotable (to the extent such nonpromotion is permitted by law).
(2) Will not be assigned to command, command sergeant major or first sergeant
positions.
(3) Are not authorized to attend professional military schools.
 
2012-09-26 12:27:35 PM  

Purdue_Pete: On a more serious note, I am really shocked by the fat army guy. lol. I know cops get fat or can be, they are civilians and there is a certain "able to do your job, equal rights, etc" but I am naive enough that I had assumed you can't be fat and be in the Army. Like... it was against the rules or something. lol. I just had no idea.


He's definitely a guardsman. I never saw anyone that fat in the regular. Even my old BN CSM who was a fatasfatass tanker could at least still run and was strong as an ox (still fat though). There were certainly more super fat female Solders than male Soldier, but I always chalked it up to pregnancy.
I figure he thought he'd put on a bunch of weight and not have to deploy. Seeing how that picture is from very late in the Iraq war, I don't know why he'd be scared to deploy.
I always found it funny you could tell the fobbits by who got fat over their tour instead of shedding weight or adding muscle from the constant working out.
 
2012-09-26 12:28:21 PM  

Purdue_Pete: On a more serious note, I am really shocked by the fat army guy. lol. I know cops get fat or can be, they are civilians and there is a certain "able to do your job, equal rights, etc" but I am naive enough that I had assumed you can't be fat and be in the Army. Like... it was against the rules or something. lol. I just had no idea.


There were some fat guys in the Army Band. I would think some other positions wouldn't come down on people for not being fit.
 
2012-09-26 12:32:27 PM  
This whole article is 7-up plus one.

One in four young adults are too overweight to join the U.S. military, a new report from the advocacy group Mission: Readiness says

So people who aren't even in the military are causing the military to be too fat to fight? I gotcha

And the U.S. Department of Defense spends an estimated $1 billion each year on medical care related to obesity issues for active duty members, their dependents and veterans.

Where did they get this from and what is "medical care related to obesity issues"?

Kids on average consume 130 "empty" calories a day from candy, cookies and chips,

Well good for them but what does that have to do with the military?

Mission: Readiness believes having healthier food in the cafeteria and in vending machines will help slow - or even reverse - rising childhood obesity rates. And healthy children are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults who can serve their country.

Ahhhhh so the main point of your article is that childhood obesity is bad? Thanks genius, now fix your headline.
 
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