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Get fit, be strong

A woman Coldstream Guards British Army fitness instructor Lance Corporal Farren Morgan..

I read a great article in The Telegraph recently, which featured an interview with the Coldstream Guards British Army fitness instructor Lance Corporal Farren Morgan (pictured).

Lance Corporal Morgan has a strong following on Instagram and uses his experience in the military to encourage physical fitness and mental strength.

His interview in The Telegraph focuses on Morgan’s concerns that new current recruits to the army have unrealistic expectations as to the level of fitness they will be expected to reach whilst serving and what they will need to do to achieve that level of fitness.

Based on his experience with recruits, Morgan argues that the “body positivity” movement has promoted a culture that legitimises obesity and weak character amongst young men. According to the fitness instructor, many recruits join up thinking that “being happy is all that matters”.

Morgan goes on to argue in the interview that young men and women are bombarded in our culture with advertising urging them to “embrace their bodies” despite the potential health implications that exist from being obese.

“My job is to help people get into the Army and into the military,” Morgan says.

“Young recruits’ brains are like sponges and I know lots of them watch TV day in and day out.

“They see these [body positive] images in the media, promoting an unhealthy lifestyle [while] celebrities say ‘it’s OK to eat what you want, as long as you’re happy’.

“That’s wrong. Being overweight puts more stress on the NHS and if this trend becomes a widespread way of thinking among younger recruits, you will knock off a lot of the operational effectiveness of the Army.”

Morgan advocates further that millennials in general need to “man up” and stop pretending it’s “OK” to be fat.

“I see so many of these body positivity adverts on TV and they have a negative impact on recruits’ mental health