I don’t like this. Not one bit. According to a new release in the United States Defense Department's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report more and more U.S. troops serving in Iraq are overweight or obese. In fact, the number of troops diagnosed with weight issues has doubled since the start of the Iraq war in 2003. The reasons why include stress from long deployments and, believe it or not, fast food and unhealthy habits like playing video games infiltrating the military; the USA Today investigates.
Troubling news, but its not much better here at home, reports have the states like Mississippi and Alabama continue to leading the nation in obesity, ushering in a more heart disease and diabetes. This is doubly bad because obese people now outnumber overweight Americans.
In related news, last year Mexico unveiled plans to encourage citizens to lose 2 million pounds, this after being named one of the world fattest countries. Aye carumba!
Via That’s Fit.
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