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During World War II, British soldiers resentful of American troops who they thought had too much money and too much pull with British women, christened the GIs some variation of 'overpaid, overfed, oversexed, and over here.'* According to the USA Today, the second of those seems to becoming more true today:

The number of troops diagnosed as overweight or obese has more than doubled since the start of the Iraq war, yet another example of stress and strains of continuing combat deployments, according to a recent Pentagon study.
Nor is this the first report on such a weight gain. The Chicago Tribune reported last year that the 'Iraq 20' was the military's equivalent of the 'freshman 15.' Soldiers at bases in Iraq could choose from:
Barbecue ribs, fried chicken, rib-eye steak, lobster tails, crab legs, roast turkey, stir-fry, cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, egg rolls, breaded shrimp, buffalo wings, chili, crepes, pancakes, omelets, waffles, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, quiches, bacon, polish sausages, pulled pork, corned beef hash, milk shakes and smoothies

February 11, 2009 - Posted by David Silbey in Criminal Justice

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