Too Fat For Combat?

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Of all the threats America’s faced in the last decade one of the most worrisome may be what young adults, who could be young recruits, are putting into their bodies.

“They go for runs, pushups sit-ups…they work out with them,” said Major Martin Acevedo of the California National Guard.

National Guard recruiters have been pushed to the point of doing multiple sessions of P-T with hopefuls just to get them close to ship -off weight.

For a 6 foot tall man, 200 pounds is the cut-off.

There’s some wiggle room with that figure if body fat still hits 26 percent.

Between 1996 and 2009, Kentucky was the only state where 40 percent or more of young adults were overweight or obese.

Now 40 states are facing that heavy fact.

“Something’s going on with the food and something’s going on with parents not relegating what they’re eating,” says Steph Sanders of Rancho Cordova.

And that’s just the concern the non- partisan group ‘Mission: Readiness’ has as it releases a new report calling the obesity problem among American 17-24-year-olds…a threat to national security.

Emily King of Rancho Murietta sees the situation differently.

“People who are overweight aren’t necessarily incapable of fighting for our country and in the process of doing so they could also be losing weight,” said King.

But an retired Army First Lieutenant sees the security concern in poor fitness clearly.

“If I have six of my buddies and five of them or three of them are overweight and cannot do the same strenuous activities I can do to get away from a situation that affects us all,” Sanders said.

And while many are criticizing the First Lady’s initiatives to revamp school lunch, ‘Mission:Readiness’ says the lower calorie meals and smaller portions are just what’s needed to tip the scales.

Each year the department of defense spends $1.1 billion dealing with weight- related health issues

‘Mission:Readiness’ says Californians would need to lose 55 million pounds to end obesity among the state’s young adults.
That amounts to the weight of 5,500 Blackhawk helicopters.


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