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Retired Military Officers Weigh In On Childhood Obesity: School Lunches Are A Security Risk
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Retired Military Officers Weigh In on Childhood Obesity: School Lunches Are A Security Risk

In 2010, several retired military officers made the startling announcement that the school lunches being served in the American cafeterias were not only a blight on the face of good health but a threat to our very security. At the rate of childhood obesity right now, they said, we are all going to be in serious trouble by the year 2030. It will be in that year that the problem will become critical as the children of today will not be fit to fight if they are ever needed. Those military officers are worried that there will not enough recruits to keep the US military forces at their peak numbers.

Currently, the leading cause for a recruit to be rejected from service is their weight. If the recruit does not make weight, they can try to enlist again in the future. Each branch of the military has its own standards for height, weight and body fat percentage. In the Army and Army National Guard, for instance, women must be a minimum of 58 inches tall. Acceptable weight for a 17-20 year old of that height would be 112 pounds with a maximum body fat percentage of thirty. For boys, the height minimum is 60 inches and the weight is 139 pounds. He must have a maximum of twenty percent body fat. The weight changes by the age of the recruit/soldier as well. Over a quarter of the US population of teens and young adults 17-24 fail to meet those standards by a substantial margin.

What makes the proclamation of the military officers more ironic is how the school lunch program came to exist in the US in the first place. Right after the end of World War II, too many potential recruits were too thin, with stunted growth and small size. To get them healthy and back to "fighting" condition, the school lunch program was born.

There have been some changes in the school lunch program in recent years, with a new overall just recently completed. Sodium is going to be reduced and certain food groups will get top billing. However, dieticians worry that the new guidelines did not go far enough. To appease protests, the schools have allowed certain foods to remain on the menu, stretching the guidelines to count the sauce on the pizza as a vegetable or instance. Adult obesity has tapered at this point, but childhood obesity's numbers continue to climb.


Street Talk

This obesity situation is a multi faceted problem. A lot of this stems from fast food [added chemicals,etc.] to lifestyle habits. The government needs to get out of our business and let the parents and School Boards decide what to feed the kids.

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  about 7 years ago

My daughter will not eat the majority of the school's lunch. This is a school board that feels okay about taco in a bag- its a bag of Doritos with a little bit of meat and cheese that you toss inside. Gross!

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  about 7 years ago

The trouble is with the Gov't and State/Local School Boards-over the years people have voted in people with liberal views and the school boards play games by sneaking these shady deals in to policy. We all need to be way more vigilant about issues today over all.

  
  about 7 years ago
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