Marines’ Menu Modified to Combat Chubby Leathernecks’ Desire for Fattening Food

By Craig Bannister | August 21, 2018 | 11:25am EDT

In order to trim their ranks, the Marine Corps has recruited a sports dietician to change service members’ dining options and decisions.

The Marines, like other branches of the U.S. military, are fighting obesity, reports:

“Even the Marines, who boast having the military's most stringent physical requirements, fight to keep thousands in the ranks from tipping the scales toward the overweight category every year.

Enter, Sharlene Holladay, a “certified specialist in sports dietetics, to the Marines’ rescue:

“Sharlene Holladay, a certified specialist in sports dietetics who serves as the Marine Corps' warfighter and performance dietician, is leading the charge to overhaul that service's dining options.”

So-called “Clean” protein offerings at all meals will include:

  • Chopped eggs,
  • Yogurt,
  • Cheese,
  • Salsa,
  • Legumes,
  • Trail mixes, and
  • Vegetarian options

The Marine Corps has also instilled a color-coding system for all meal choices, Marine Corps Force Fitness Director Col. Stephen Armes says:

  • GREEN: Eat “as much as you want,”
  • YELLOW: “Go with caution,”
  • RED: Consume only “minimal” amounts.

Marines will also get more exercise – because they’ll have to walk a lot farther to reach the less-healthful menu items, Col. Armes says.

In Marine chow halls, leathernecks are going to have to walk a lot farther -- and past a lot of other ideal food options -- before reaching them, Armes said.

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