Sunday, 8 November 2009

As you sow so shall you reap

A cautionary story by Alexander Cockburn in The First Post; "How Americans grew too fat to serve their country".

It begins, "Kids want to enlist because the Army has jobs – but they can’t do push-ups and can’t run".

Cockburn outlines the scale of the obesity problem ("Every truck stop, every diner, every mall offered its tumid diorama of human hippos"), then moves on to the Army's problem with recruits: The Army Times ran an article this week by William McMichael citing the latest government stats on America’s fat crisis. One-third of the 31m Americans between 17 and 24 are unqualified for military service because of "physical and medical issues". Curt Gilroy, the Pentagon's director of accessions, told the Army Times that "the major component of this is obesity. We have an obesity crisis in the country. There's no question about it."

This guy seems happy enough with his Denny's Jumbo Burger. That's the "Burger Eating Hall of Fame" behind him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now that is a burger! Either that or a small cheesy planet on a plate. Good article... I love pieces like that that back up my personal prejudices. Cheers