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A suggestion to the military to slim down its potential ranks: go vegetarian
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | October 19, 2010 | Jeannine Stein / Los Angeles Times

Posted on 10/20/2010 7:29:01 PM PDT by thecodont

Obesity affects many aspects of our society, and the military is no exception. But the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has a solution to slimming down potential recruits: promote vegetarianism.

The committee recently wrote a letter to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offering free copies of its "Vegetarian Starter Kit." The group supports "compassionate and effective medical practice, research and health promotion," according to its website, and is against animal research and testing.

A news release included part of the letter from the group's nutrition education director Susan Levin: "It is not too late for the overweight young people showing up at your recruiting stations," she wrote. "Instead of turning away a quarter of your potential recruits because they are too heavy, why not arm them with information on how to improve their health? Then schedule them for a return visit at a later date."

The kit offers a three-step program to adopt a plant-based diet as well as tips on getting down to a healthy weight and staying there. According to the release, the cover shows an overweight man holding a cheeseburger looking at a reflection of his slimmer self in a military uniform holding an apple.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: military; publichealth; vegetarianism
The article seems to be implying that meat causes obesity. That isn't the case with me and many others like me: we grow LEAN on meat, fish, and poultry, plus whole grains and good fresh fruit and vegetables. Starches and sweets are what make us fat.

I think the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (never heard of them before) has an agenda.

1 posted on 10/20/2010 7:29:08 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Let’s see.

First, they have to let open prancing faeries in the military.

Now they have to go vegan.

Why not just replace our military with the girl scouts?


2 posted on 10/20/2010 7:31:13 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: thecodont
"Starches and sweets are what make us fat."

Thanks for the reminder. I need to go get my bedtime cookies!

3 posted on 10/20/2010 7:31:57 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: thecodont

Pink Cammo and satin sheets!


4 posted on 10/20/2010 7:34:55 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: thecodont

Make up your minds. Do you want guys who suck down sausages in the military or not?


5 posted on 10/20/2010 7:39:17 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Am I my half-brother's keeper?)
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To: thecodont

Lighten up Jeannine. Geeesh! What a moron. The military has done fine for hundreds of years without a moron like you telling them what to do.


6 posted on 10/20/2010 7:44:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey kids! Vote for the DemocRATS and get FREE ice cream!!!)
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To: thecodont
Once again the military becomes the source of raw material for another social experiment.

I think that 15% of the total members of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine need to immediately enlist in the military and follow the SOF track. Five per cent can go the AF SOF route - think CCT/PJ track could make use of their medical skills (would save time and money); another five percent can go the Army SF track - jump school, Ranger, Q course and then a tour with the teas, and the final five per cent can go NavSpecWar - the SEALS can make use of their prior medical training too.

Let's see how far these Vegans can make it. Maybe the next time they get an idea after watching multiple replays of G.I. Jane or similar Hollyweard fantasy fest they will keep their ideas to themselves.

Give me a meat eater on my flanks any time!

7 posted on 10/20/2010 7:44:50 PM PDT by Nip (A COIN carrier since 1975.)
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To: thecodont

So stupid and politically correct that no one should bother to reply...geez! I really would like my military to be fit and that takes a balanced diet - NOT vegie...


8 posted on 10/20/2010 7:45:29 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: thecodont

I want to see training for Interior Decorating. Just in the Navy.


9 posted on 10/20/2010 7:46:22 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: thecodont
I think the Physicians Committee for "Responsible" Medicine (never heard of them before) has an agenda.

Ya think?

10 posted on 10/20/2010 7:52:06 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: thecodont
Name one successful warrior who was a vegetarian!
11 posted on 10/20/2010 8:01:46 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: thecodont

12 posted on 10/20/2010 8:07:56 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: thecodont

It’s very hard to get B-vitamins from non-animal sources, which is why vegetarians often suffer from depression and other mental problems. Not what soldiers need.


13 posted on 10/20/2010 8:09:36 PM PDT by Spudx7
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To: Westbrook

I Know, lets have them wear Pink gloves and shoes like the PC girly clowns in the NFL.


14 posted on 10/20/2010 8:11:34 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (What a fool believes, No wise man has the power to reason away)
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To: Spudx7

Protein is an issue too. Although you can get enough protein for a typical lifestyle from vegetables, it is very difficult to get enough quality protein to feed a very active body. You need a lot more than what’s recommended by the “experts” when you’re trying to build muscle.


15 posted on 10/20/2010 8:14:11 PM PDT by meyer (Tax the productive to carry the freeloaders - What is it with democrats and slavery?)
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To: thecodont
Yet more anti-Americans bent upon imposing their will upon our country. The only problem is, there are way too many high ranking officers in the military that have been fully indoctrinated in the marxists cesspools of “higher education”, and they are all too eager to actually listen to, and occasionally follow, such idiotic “advice”.

The marxists are using any and every angle possible to debilitate our military.

16 posted on 10/20/2010 8:44:33 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: thecodont

These people are just crazy.


17 posted on 10/20/2010 8:55:27 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: thecodont

I have one veg friend who is dead and one who is constantly ill; both loved and love being vegs. I don’t think it has helped.


18 posted on 10/20/2010 8:57:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Just finished 2 large chocolate chip cookies....yummy....


19 posted on 10/20/2010 8:59:53 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: thecodont

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a bunch of nut cases that in the 70’s tried to get people to quit giving children milk. They are probably tied somewhere up the line to PETA.


20 posted on 10/20/2010 9:29:26 PM PDT by Vor Lady
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To: thecodont
I have two approaches to this story...

facts:
Vegetarians tend to be more sickly, more prone to injuries, have lower energy levels, have decrease of their IQ's due to brain loss.

or Humor:
Obviously they have never eaten in a military chow hall, to call what we would eat, "meat" is a bit of a stretch.

21 posted on 10/20/2010 10:10:32 PM PDT by McCloud-Strife ( USA 1776-2008)
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To: freekitty

I have a vegetarian friend who thinks Vegans are kooky! He’ll eat meat very occasionally, and still likes cheese. He told me there is a difference. He just is mostly vegetarian, though, he hasn’t gone hard-core vegan yet, because they’re too out-there even for him!


22 posted on 10/21/2010 3:59:37 AM PDT by dsutah
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To: thecodont
I think the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (never heard of them before) has an agenda.

That's an understatement. PCRM is essentially a pseudoscientific front group for the radical animal rights crowd. To them, vegetarianism is the answer to all of life's ills.

You can read more about them here.

23 posted on 10/21/2010 6:53:09 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: thecodont

Turn away recruits because they’re fat? There were plenty of fatties when I went to basic training in the 80’s, in the beginning anyway. The army has a sure fire weight reduction program. I actually gained weight because I was skinny.


24 posted on 10/21/2010 7:36:35 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon
Turn away recruits because they’re fat? There were plenty of fatties when I went to basic training in the 80’s, in the beginning anyway.

I don't know about the other branches but in today's navy, you can't even enlist if you're overweight. And if you get fat at any time in your career (very easy to do eating navy chow and not working out) you'll get kicked out. It's happening quite frequently these days.

25 posted on 10/21/2010 7:48:38 AM PDT by Drew68
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We had PT five days a week when I was in. Getting fat was not a problem. I guess the navy’s chow’s a lot better than the army’s.


26 posted on 10/21/2010 7:53:56 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon
When I came into the Army in 1975, my platoon sergeant was a 6' 350-lb Vietnam Vet with multiple tours in-country. He could finish the 2-mile run within the time prescribed and complete the rest of the PT requirements. He was no barn-burner at it, but he always passed. However, with a full rucksack and weapons load, he could road-march all of us into the dust. That fat old ^%@%#*@ could road-march forever it seemed like.

When I came into the Army, I weighed 125 pounds. When I retired, I weighed 205 and could still max my PT test. I easily passed my body-fat content test at every weigh-in, although I always was "overweight" by the height-weight standards.

27 posted on 10/21/2010 8:02:58 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: dsutah

It is odd. They all look really healthy; but I haven’t known one that really is.


28 posted on 10/21/2010 8:10:36 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

To me, they all look sort of doughy and pasty. It becomes more evident with age.


29 posted on 10/21/2010 1:34:44 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: thecodont

I will give up my bacon when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers!

If God didn’t want us to eat animals, why are they made of meat?

PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals!


30 posted on 10/22/2010 6:06:28 AM PDT by rfreedom4u ("A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.")
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