- Dec 26, 2009
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- Slightly Conservative
Fat Americans pose a threat to national security - Health & Families, Life & Style - The IndependentBack in 1946, the original National School Lunch Act was passed in part with prodding from the military. Many American men, especially those who had grown up during the Depression, simply weren’t well-fed enough to fight. As a result of their stunted growth, soldiers who served in World War II were on average more than an inch-and-a-half shorter than young men serving in Afghanistan today.
The problem tied for the first time the seemingly unrelated policy arenas of national security and nutrition.
That link has largely been lost to history textbooks. But now, more than three generations later, it is resurfacing in Washington this year with an ironic twist: More than a quarter of recruitment-age Americans are today “too fat to fight.”
As much as I like to pine about the Nightwatch state form of governance, when faced with real-world threats where people are unafraid of flying planes into buildings, we need a national policy on nutrition (and exercise) so as ensure a large enough supply of healthy people who can serve in the uniform.