A New Battle Of The Bulge

American soldiers preparing for a possible war with Iraq face plenty of dangers, but at least one has been eased: fat-filled mess-hall rations. Scientists at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass., have just finished a three-year mission to cut the fat from the military's 1,700 mess-hall recipes. The changes were made to deal with an uncomfortable reality: like many other Americans, too many soldiers are paunchy, despite weight requirements and physical training. Many military personnel hold tedious, stressful and sedentary jobs, and as a result, 54% of all military personnel are overweight and 6% are obese, according to...

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