Halliburton gives yet another meaning to the term "fat cat"

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 04:20 PM

From US NEWS & WORLD REPORT'S "Washington Whispers" By Paul Bedard: "Once Halliburton got there, everyone started gaining weight."

The speaker is Marilyn Sharp, an exercise scientist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, which is launching a study to examine anecdotal claims that American troops in Iraq are getting too fat, while American troops in Afghanistan are losing too much weight.  Sharp cited reports that troops in Iraq got fat fast once Halliburton chefs took over the kitchens in the mess halls on Army bases.

In the Bethesda Journal's description of the study, Sharp is quoted as saying:

...I think in Iraq it's more of a health issue -- they're gaining weight and losing fitness -- they can't go on the long runs they are used to.  So it's probably more of a training and health issue in Iraq whereas in Afghanistan it's more of a muscle mass and performance issue.

Now why would troops get "fat fast once Halliburton chefs took over the kitchens?"  Too high a quality of food do you think?  Too good nutritional planning?

Just asking.