Obesity: The New “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”


I love this take on obesity as a threat to national security from David Frum, former special assistant to President George W. Bush: “In 2008, some 634 military personnel were discharged for transgressing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” That same year, 4,555 were discharged for failing to meet military weight standards.”

In other words, obesity is a much greater threat to the United States military than homosexuality, so maybe we should put the latter issue to bed and get on to the former. If somebody could convince the war hawks in congress that combatting obesity and improving the American food system actually counts as defense spending, imagine how far we might get:

Don’t ask your fellow soldiers if they supersized their McDonald’s. Don’t tell them if you did.

(Photo Credit: The U.S. Army via Flickr)

Posted in Food Politics


  1. Rosenblumtv said...

    Gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘roll over the enemy’.

  2. Anandi Premlall said...

    Curious, yet unsurprising, how it all comes back to real food & farmers. How about we plant more food à la Wangari, GBM & the military with tree planting in Kenya?

  3. vadoug said...

    The attacks of 9/11 killed fat and skinny alike; both eaters of "healthy" foods and eaters of "unhealthy" foods died in the flames. Thank goodness those warhawks stand guard while I tend to preparing the family dinner.

  4. amoderatelife said...

    I find it funny that soldiers could be thrown out of the military for eating their food and getting FAT! I mean they call it mess hall for a reason!

  5. crunchtimefood said...

    Maybe our enemies are behind processed foods and corn bi-products as a strategy to weaken our defense. Brilliant

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