At a time when American military forces are stretched thin overseas and people who wouldn’t ordinarily considered joining up need jobs, a growing number of potential recruits are too fat to enlist. This is a shame, because there are things you can only learn by being a soldier. Subscribers can still listen to this show.
In the past half-century, the number of women of military age who exceed the US Army’s enlistment standards for weight-to-height ratio and body fat percentage has more than tripled. For military-age men, the figure has more than doubled. As of 2007-08, 5.7 million American men and 16.5 million women of military age were ineligible for duty because they were overweight or obese.