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One-Third of Youths Too Obese for Military Service, Study Finds

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One-Third of Youths Too Obese for Military Service, Study Finds

A third of American youth are ineligible for military service today because of unhealthy lifestyles and rising obesity rates, according to a new study. And the Army wants those interested in enlisting to know that unfit soldiers do not make good battle buddies in intense environments.

The services are making it a priority to promote "healthy lifestyles at an early age," said retired Army Lt. Gen. Samuel Ebbesen during a panel Wednesday at the annual Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. "It's crucial … to our national security that those willing to serve must be prepared to meet the standards of eligibility."

He recalled his time as a young training officer at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he worked as an assistant to a Master Sgt. Bell, a World War II and Korean War veteran.

"Fat people don't make good soldiers," Ebbesen recalled Bell saying. "They get injured more often. They take longer to heal when they get hurt. And they lack stamina, which is critical when you fight in a war. A weak link in the chain, and they get themselves or others hurt or killed!"

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Our bumbling youth ready to take over the world.

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There's a method for dealing with lazy obese youth.

 

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