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(CBS News) Is obesity America's greatest threat to national security?
A group of retired military leaders seem to think so, given 27 percent of 17 to 24-year-olds in the United States are too fat to serve in the military. That's 9 million potential recruits.
In their new report dubbed "Too Fat to Fight," the nonpartisan group of 100 retired generals and admirals known as Mission: Readiness calls on the U.S. government to reduce the amount of junk foods available at schools in favor of healthier options.
"Being overweight or obese turns out to be the leading medical reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service," the group says in the report. "Today, otherwise excellent recruit prospects, some of them with generations of sterling military service in their family history, are being turned away because they are just too overweight."
Teaching healthy habits starts in childhood, the leaders note, so a properly managed school environment could help foster a lifetime of healthy eating habits.
They want Congress to pass new child nutrition legislation that bars junk food from schools, increases funding to improve the nutrition and quality of school meals and provides children better access to programs that promote health.
Originally posted by 0mage
mcdonalds, kfc, artificial sugars and monsanto. america did this to their own ppl
Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
Stop telling us to stop being fat and stop the government from putting all kinds of drugs and chemicals in our food that's making us fat.
And I hate the word epidemic. There's really not many fat people in comparison to the rest of the country. Using the word epidemic is fear mongering to raise money to get even richer.
There's a good Penn And Teller Bullsh** on this junk. It's called Obesity and goes into how the so called obesity epidemic is all a scam done by the health food manufactures.. I can't post it here or a link to it because it has vulgar language and nudity in it. But you can find it on you tube, and I'd recommend it.