Mom says Army diet killed son

VERMILION, Ohio — The U.S. Army is investigating whether recruiters from one of its Ohio recruiting stations made a 20-year-old man diet to death, reported Saturday.

Army recruit Glenni Wilsey of Vermilion, Ohio, died from acute cardiac dysrhythmia from an electrolyte imbalance brought on by dieting, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus.

Wilsey's mother, Lora Bailey, told WJW-TV that she is convinced recruiters from a recruiting station in Sandusky caused her son's death. "I looked at him in that hospital, and I knew exactly why he died, nobody had to tell me," said Bailey, who has vowed to fight for a change in the military's policies and procedures when counseling young people on weight loss.

"I'll be damned if this'll ever happen again," she said.

Wilsey was determined to enlist in the Army's Explosive Ordinance Disposal, or EOD, Unit. Bailey claims he was told he needed to lose 70 pounds in a matter of months to go on active duty.

"Glenn had never failed at anything ... and he wasn't going to fail at this," she said.

Bailey said Army recruiters pushed Wilsey to sweat weight off by wearing a wet suit under two sweatsuits while wrapped in a waist band. She says they encouraged him to run for hours on 800 calories a day. Purging, she says, was encouraged. "It was the vomiting on 800-calories-a-day diet,'" she said.

A spokesman for the Army's Cleveland Recruiting Battalion said in a statement to WJW-TV that read: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Glenni Wilsey. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to his family and friends during this time of grief and pain."

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