FBI fatties and wandering waistlines

FBIfattiesFederal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) priorities have changed drastically for many in the agency during the last years—from action in the field to surveilling the world online.

The result?

A legion of overweight and obese couch potatoes, created by seniority, sedentary rather than feet-on-the-ground spying, and long, unhealthy hours glued to chair and screen (with probably junk food and diet sodas to help pass the lengthy and demanding hours).

New agents still have to undergo mandatory fitness training consisting of sit-ups, push-ups, a 300 meter run and a 1.5 mile run, but fitness checks for current agents ended in 1999.

And now the FBI image has begun to morph from the lean, mean fighting machines of old to  chubby folks with decidedly expanded profiles, as well as anxiety and depression issues.

So, after 16 years the required fitness tests were re-instituted for all agents at the end of 2014, beginning with 13,500 agents who were given until October of this year to lose weight, train and take the mandatory fitness tests.

“You could see that health and fitness were not the priorities they used to be,” Zachary Lowe Jr., chief of instruction at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, told the New York Times in a classic understatement.

And after all, FBI director James B. Comey wrote in a memo obtained by the Times, “The lives of colleagues and those you protect may well depend upon your ability to run, fight and shoot, no matter what job you hold.”

Seems to me the agency should help out by requiring maybe half an hour of the long surveillance days to be spent ‘surveilling’ natural health websites and learning that long periods of sitting are very bad for the body.

In fact Dr. Mercola says our chair can be one of the most dangerous items in the home or business.

In our sedentary society, he said, chairs have become “the new smoking”—especially if the sitting is paired with sipping on diet sodas.

University of Texas researchers who followed several hundred people for nine years found that the waists of those who had at least one daily diet soda expanded three times more around the middle than those who never consumed fizzy diet drinks.

Large waists (visceral fat) are linked to diabetes, stroke, heart attacks, depression and cancer. We don’t want sick weak geeks in the FBI, do we?

So dump the misnamed ‘diet’ sodas, and get up and move around frequently in between online surveilling. Expand your horizons and reduce your waistline.

The world will go on. And the chances will be better for you, too!

Sources: Dailymail.co.uk, Sputniknews.com, Mercola.com.

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