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    [GW#19]The Army has more obese Soldiers than ever before

    It sounds to me like there needs to be a lot more PT.

    Army launches holistic health and fitness initiative


    Healthier food options will be introduced at five Army installations as part of an effort to improve the overall health of Soldiers. The Army's new holistic approach to health and fitness was discussed at the 2017 Army Medical Symposium.

    WASHINGTON -- The Army has more obese Soldiers than ever before, and to address the problem, senior Army leaders discussed a holistic approach that includes vegan options at dining facilities and box breakfasts at fitness centers.

    Currently, one in 20 Soldiers fails the Army Physical Fitness Test annually and 13 percent of Soldiers are clinically obese, according to statistics from the Army Surgeon General's Office that were presented Monday at the 2017 Medical Symposium. The conference was hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army in San Antonio, Texas.

    "I do think that we've been recognizing that what we are doing has not been working," said Michael McGurk, director of the Research and Analysis Directorate at the Army Center for Initial Military Training. "Holistic health and fitness is a radical change -- radical departure. It is going to cost the Army money, time and people. And we've got to be willing to give that up to make the changes that we need."

    The Army's new campaign plan, called "Holistic Health and Fitness" focuses on improving the Soldier selection process, physical performance, performance education, and transforming and improving Soldier fitness/training centers.

    https://www.army.mil/article/191402/...ess_initiative
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    And less fast food... If the US troops lived on buckwheat, like the Russians, or rice, like the Chinese, they'd be way leaner and fitter lol
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    Look at what this guy has been eating overseas...



    "Solid Army meal of taco meat and spaghetti. The spaghetti was spiced up with something that gave it a more exotic flavor. Hopefully it wasn’t the moon dust in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province."

    https://beneats.com/2013/11/12/what-...g-12-nov-2013/

    That looks pretty brutal, those big guys must be all stateside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    And less fast food... If the US troops lived on buckwheat, like the Russians, or rice, like the Chinese, they'd be way leaner and fitter lol
    I don't believe I've ever eaten buckwheat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Look at what this guy has been eating overseas...



    "Solid Army meal of taco meat and spaghetti. The spaghetti was spiced up with something that gave it a more exotic flavor. Hopefully it wasn’t the moon dust in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province."

    https://beneats.com/2013/11/12/what-...g-12-nov-2013/

    That looks pretty brutal, those big guys must be all stateside.

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    Have 2 sons in the military. Neither one is familiar with this 'epidemic'. They do say there have been some people kicked out because they couldn't meet the requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One View Post
    Have 2 sons in the military. Neither one is familiar with this 'epidemic'. They do say there have been some people kicked out because they couldn't meet the requirements.
    I have no reason to distrust the story in the OP. It is a reliable source for military information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Look at what this guy has been eating overseas...



    "Solid Army meal of taco meat and spaghetti. The spaghetti was spiced up with something that gave it a more exotic flavor. Hopefully it wasn’t the moon dust in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province."

    https://beneats.com/2013/11/12/what-...g-12-nov-2013/

    That looks pretty brutal, those big guys must be all stateside.

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    That looks like prison food. When I was in the Army, we had our own cooks and suppliers, we ate pretty damn good in the mess hall. I guess now it is all contracted out to the lowest bidder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    That looks like prison food. When I was in the Army, we had our own cooks and suppliers, we ate pretty damn good in the mess hall. I guess now it is all contracted out to the lowest bidder?
    When I was overseas, we also had damn fine chow. As a matter of fact, our mess hall, at my first command took second in the Phillip A Connelly Award. Which was impressive considering that we had a mess staff of 5 with a unit strength of 66 plus a 10 man signal site detachment. That's a pretty small staff to turn out 21 meals a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    It sounds to me like there needs to be a lot more PT.
    Misleading subject title, the article says NOTHING about obesity, healthy is the focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACE View Post
    Misleading subject title, the article says NOTHING about obesity, healthy is the focus.
    The title of the subject is first line from the story that appeared on the US Army website. Therefore if you feel that it is misleading, go read the article and complain there. Is there a reason you are lashing out at me like a school child?

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