And by large, I mean fat.
About a quarter of entry-level candidates for the military are too overweight to serve or to make it through their first enlistment, according to the Pentagon. And the Defense Department spends $1.1 billion a year on medical care related to excess weight and obesity.
Military food is in for a change.
Under the Military Health System's new obesity and nutrition awareness campaign, more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and lower-fat entrees will be coming to the 1,100 service member dining halls across the United States in coming months.
Eventually the military will have enough people who are into CrossFit, MovNat, and barefoot running that they won't get sucked into the same bullshit low-fat USDA guidelines forever. Of course, any changes that result in fewer industrial foods will show an improvement.
What would be even better is if they run some studies comparing different diets -- just like they showed that matching running shoes to foot types doesn't do jack shit to reduce running injuries. The military has the ability, funding, and motivation to randomize diets and enforce compliance in a way that other institutions don't. SO JUST TEST IT.
And don't forget to put a few platoons on a vegan diet. (Just make sure they're not on active duty.)
Full article here. Thanks to Joe for the link.