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WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of retired military officers says high-calorie school lunches are threatening national security.
A study by the group Mission: Readiness finds that school lunches are making American kids so fat that fewer of them can meet the military's physical fitness standards. That, in turn, is putting recruitment in jeopardy.
A report from the group, being released Tuesday, says that 27 percent of Americans ages 17 to 24 are too overweight to join the military.
One of the officers, retired Navy Rear Admiral James Barnett Jr., says many young Americans are simply too fat to fight.
The officers are pushing for passage of a wide-ranging nutrition bill that aims to make the nation's school lunches healthier.
Originally posted by acrux
While fat kids are not good, the military can go get stuffed.
[edit on 20-4-2010 by acrux]
School Lunch vs. Lunch From Home
Compared with kids who brought lunch from home, those who ate school lunches:
•Were more likely to be overweight or obese (38.2% vs. 24.7%)
•Were more likely to eat two or more servings of fatty meats like fried chicken or hot dogs daily (6.2% vs. 1.6%)
•Were more likely to have two or more sugary drinks a day (19% vs. 6.8%)
•Were less likely to eat at least two servings of fruits a day (32.6% vs. 49.4%)
•Were less likely to eat at least two servings of vegetables a day (39.9% vs. 50.3%)
•Had higher levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol
The school-lunch kids also were less likely to participate in active sports like basketball, moderate exercise like walking, or team sports than their home-fed counterparts. And they spent more time watching TV, playing video games, and using computers outside of school.
"One-third of kids in the U.S. are now overweight or obese, which means one-third of kids are at risk of heart disease and diabetes as they age. That scares me," Jackson says. "If we don't do something now, the recent trend toward fewer deaths due to heart disease among U.S. adults is in jeopardy of reversing."
Originally posted by MR BOB
reply to post by Jenna
But i was specifically talking about bring in lunches.
Originally posted by SerialLurker
Hunger makes our brains more alert.