The infantalization of our military
Courtesy Michelle Obama and the food police, who have evidently successfully entrenched themselves into the military bureaucracy:
During a panel discussion Thursday on how government can promote healthy eating habits, the U.S. Army touted its mess hall labeling system that places warning on desserts and fried foods.
The event, held at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, saw Lt. Col. Sonya Cable highlight the “Go for Green” program, which labels healthy foods green, moderate foods amber, and high calorie foods red.
The nutrition education program alerts soldiers that “red” foods like bacon and apple pie should only be eaten rarely, with a warning: “limit intake.” Foods labeled green, however, such as mustard greens, are deemed “premium fuel for the soldier athlete,” “fresh and flavorful” and “nutrient dense.” Soldiers are advised to eat these frequently.
Cable represents the U.S. Army Soldier Fueling Initiative, which is remaking dining facilities at Initial Military Training sites across the country. She currently serves as a dietitian and the Chief of the Human Dimensions Division within the Initial Military Training Center of Excellence.
During the panel discussion she advised using the “red, amber, green” system in public schools too.
“When I got there our dining facilities were typical dining facility type styles, you know, the fried foods, salad bars existed,” Cable continued.
“We had soda machines and the pastries were, you know, typical cookies, cake, cakes, pies, all of those types of things. Well, then we had the challenge of, okay, now we’re taking former civilians, now developing into soldiers and trying to develop them,” she said. This was the beginning of the Soldier Fueling Initiative and Cable’s efforts to influence the behavior of new recruits.
If you walk into a basic training cafeteria today you will find far fewer fried foods and soda machines have been replaced with “hydration stations,” she explained.
“In the military we all kind of know red means, ‘uh oh, there’s problems,’” Cable said. “Amber, middle of the road, we’re doing okay. And green is good to go, all is right. We took that same concept and we applied it to our menus.”
I’d go on, but it’s just too fucking depressing, frankly.
I mean, we’ll trust these men and women to defend our liberty and fight our wars — but we can’t trust them to make their own informed decisions about what to eat to maintain a comfortable level of strength, performance, and mental happiness?
Look: I have no problem with providing healthy food options. In fact, such options should be encouraged. But what I do have a problem with is this idea that adults can’t make their own decisions based on their own bodies — so instead have to be “guided” and “nudged” into making the “right” decisions by way of such cheesy campaigns and the concomitant removal of foods and beverages these soldiers enjoy.
Soldiers who can’t perform the physical tasks expected of them should be subject to review of what it is they’re doing or not doing that is keeping them from performing at the level the job demands. Everyone else should be left alone and allowed to live their lives as adults. And adults don’t need color-coded labels and warnings on their fucking apple pie or sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits.
It’s insulting. It’s rank nannystatism. And frankly, it’s sad.
We are a nation of grown children forcibly adopted by a State that, through its various regulatory agencies, bureaucracies, and administrative fiats, presumes to parent us well into our adult years.
We’ve gone from an ethos of rugged individualism and self-sufficiency to permanent dependency and government-assumed oversight of every last aspect of our private lives.
And that’s not what I signed up as an American citizen, either in law or in spirit.