Junk food nation unable to defend itself against invasion; one-third of young U.S. adults too fat for duty

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The United States literally has a “growing” national security problem, and it one that has been trending negatively for years: Namely, a growing percentage of American youth are, to put it bluntly, too fat to fight.

According to a new report issued recently by a conglomerate of former and retired military leaders, America’s obesity epidemic is causing severe recruiting problems because one-in-three young adults do not meet weight requirements.

As reported by UK’s Daily Mail:

The nonprofit, non-partisan group called Mission: Readiness (Military Leaders for Kids) is promoting healthy school lunches in Kansas and across the nation as a way to combat the problem. In Kansas, 29 percent of teenagers are overweight, according to figures it cites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About a third of American children and teens are considered obese or overweight.

But it’s not just in Kansas; the country’s youth weight problem is nationwide.

“We think a more healthy lifestyle over the long term will have significant impacts on both the military posture — those available to get into the military — and across our society as a whole from a medical perspective,” retired Brigadier Gen. John Schmader told the Daily Mail ahead of the report’s release.

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