First let me make it clear that I am a Canadian, born and raised here and I love this country, I wouldn't trade it for any other place on the planet. Great now that we have that little tidbit of information out of the way, WHAT THE FUCK CANADA.
A recent study (full article here) was released stating that 23.8% of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police for those wondering) was categorized as OBESE. No not overweight, not "chunky" not "big-boned" they don't have a fucking glandular problem but they are fucking McDonalds engorged OBESE porked-hambeasts.
Now upon the release of this study, the RCMP had a few options, they could ignore it or just give some crap about 'we are working to improve this, this is unacceptable etc etc.' Instead what do these mental timbits do? They fucking defend it.
Supt. Rich Boughen, director-general of the RCMP's occupational health and safety branch, said physical fitness must be promoted in the same way as smoking cessation and mental health.Isn't that the confidence you want from your police force? Hey Dudley fucking Do Right why don't you hire my neighbour down the street who forgets to wear pants half the time, wears a nice shiny purple helmet and has a speech impediment, HE HAS REAL FUCKING ISSUES TOO.
"We are very representative of the population," Boughen said. "I think what it speaks to is that we hire real people who have real issues."
The last fucking thing I want to hear from the police department is "hey we're not special, we're just normal people trying to make it through life, really we got no fucking clue what we're doing" Doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
Contrary to what you may believe the RCMP won't hire anyone off the street, Most Mounties are at their physical peak just after recruitment and training, when they must pass a Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation or PARE. The test — applied every three years for regular officers — includes a circuit of runs, jumps, hauls, pushes and pulls designed to simulate tasks officers perform in the line of duty. That sounds pretty good, right? Well it is, unless you fail....
Is anyone else getting flashbacks to The Simpsons episode when Homer gains a bunch of weight to be able to work for home? Believe me I don't usually link things back to The Simpsons but I think in this case it's extremely fitting. What kind of motivation is that? Hey Jimbo, you're 400 pounds either lose some weight or we're going to put you behind the desk with a full salary which should give you even more time to shovel the food down your fat gullet.
The 23.8 per cent obesity figure is based on self-reported data between 2007 and 2010, but RCMP spokeswoman Const. Lucy Shorey said high muscle weight can skew some results. About 80 per cent of officers passed the PARE test at last count — up four per cent from two years earlier.
If a member fails, weight loss, exercise and nutrition programs are offered internally or covered through employee benefits. A member won't face immediate expulsion, but might be transferred to an office or driver's position.
it's not my intention to come across as harsh on fat people or harsh on the RCMP, but they certainly aren't helping the stereotype of cops and doughnut shops