Will Obesity Put an End to War?

Wow, now that sounds pretty crazy right? But last week’s headlines were too absurd to ignore as they featured the possibility that obesity might deter war! So how is that possible? Well, first off there’s our top army brass declaring that US youngsters are too fat to fight. John Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton, both former chairmen of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in the Washington Post that, “Obesity rates threaten the overall health of America and the future strength of our military. We consider this problem so serious from a national security perspective that we have joined more than 130 other retired generals, admirals and senior military leaders in calling on Congress to pass new child nutrition legislation.”

Take that Jamie Oliver. Bet you didn’t think by Food Revolution you were getting those young Virginians ready to fight in some future global war. What the Holistic Moms could not accomplish after years of trying, a few well-chosen words from the military commanders could soon have the school cafeterias serving brown rice and vegetables for breakfast. According to the generals this “fat crisis can rule out more potential military service recruits than any other medical factor.” I can understand that, I mean why waste a young life languishing at home on the couch eating a corn dog when he can lose his life fighting in some foreign country protecting our right to consume more goods.

No disrespect to the many fit young men and women fighting to protect us for some reason we’re no longer sure about, but THEN, get this, Michelle Obama comes along and very eloquently launches a campaign to eradicate childhood obesity. Our first lady, painfully aware that one in three children in the US are overweight or obese (Holy moly, batman!) has stated that this issue threatens America’s future. The president, who we know happens to be her husband, has asked Congress for an additional 1 billion dollars to fund school nutrition programs!

But wait, there’s more, and this is my favorite quote, the BBC’s Steve Kingstone in Washington says, one in six children in the US is considered obese and today’s children are predicted to live shorter lives than their parents. OK, whew, first let’s get the statistics right. Is it one in three or one in six? And will they die young from obesity or in a brutal war, when they could be home building community and contributing to a country that was once considered a great nation?

Now, let’s see if I got this straight. Since more than a quarter of young Americans are presently too fat to fight in a military war, Congress should appropriate 1 billion dollars to improve school meals, so that obesity can be reduced, and America will then have enough recruits to fight future wars designed to protect American corporations, er, uh, sorry, democracy. Alrighty then. It appears that it is not enough to feed our children the highest quality foods just to keep them healthy, but now that we are short on military soldiers, by all means appropriate those billions and let’s get started making America some strong fighting machines.

111 comments

Miss May
Ashley Piechocki4 years ago

That's kinda sad and somewhat discriminating. I think people have the right to be overweight if that is what the choices that they make lead to. Yes, I do tend to think there should be more healthy food choices at school. But I think it's just like smoking. People who are 18, legal age should have the choice it they want to smoke, and now in such states as Ohio and CA there is discrimination against that in public places. But I'm not overweight, and I quit smoking 5 yrs ago, but I do not discriminate those who are.

John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

Another idea, if kids are too fat,you could save a million by only providing meals to those that need food.

Mari Basque
Mari 's5 years ago

It's putting an end to us as no one knows how to get all this methane out of the atmosphere. This is a huge problem for also climate change/global warming. Nothing but time removes methane and we have people in the millions eating millions of animals. Very scary

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Jeff L.
Jill Schneider6 years ago

Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if all people died from eating too much food and no one died in a war? If I had that choice, I would choose the fat, happy peaceful world!! Too bad that some people are so afraid of becoming fat (and hated because of it) that they are repulsed by "fat people". What a sick and crazy species humans have become.

Jennifer E.
Jennifer E.6 years ago

The government could start by not allowing the 'junk' to be put into foods in the first place! The chemicals, GMO's, hormones, unnecessary fats and sodium, etc. Replace processed school cafeteria foods with natural, whole foods. Government food assistance programs shouldn't pay for things like cake, soda, chips and other junk that kids don't need.

Emmajade G.
.6 years ago

I think I'm going to throw up. Too fat to fight is, um, may I say obscene to the max? Isn't this fatuous (pun intended) thought the same ideology I see on biker's leathers? Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Good Looking Corpse.... yuck. Hey, kids, if you want to live longer, come visit Auntie Em and I'll fix you some nice apple pie and ice cream.

Victoria S.
Victoria S.6 years ago

I knew they could find some good consequence coming from obesity... lol :-D

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.