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.