America's Obesity a National Security Epidemic

military cites obesity security problemFirst Lady Michelle Obama leads America’s fight against obesityBeauty | Body | Sexy We reported previously that America’s generals have joined the nation’s fight against obesity.

In a report called “Too Fat to Fight,” a nonprofit, bipartisan group of 130 retired admirals, generals and other senior officers is warning that 27% of young Americans ages 17 to 24 are unfit for military srvice, due to being overweight. Since 2005, the military has turned away 48,000 young Americans who wanted to serve. And the officers say that 75% of young Americans who want to serve are sent home because they have no high school diploma, a criminal record or are chronically obese.

The generals want Congress to eliminate junk food and high-calorie beverages out of schools, increase child nutrition programs by $1 billion, upgrade the quality of food served in schools and provide research-based strategies to guide parents and children toward healthier eating and exercise habits.

Given the hammers of the massive national food lobby, putting kids health and national security first will be a serious challenge. First Lady Michelle Obama, leading a charge against childhood obesity with her “Let’s Move” campaign couldn’t ask for a better team on her side. Read on at LA Times