Several hundred retired military leaders are raising red flags about childhood obesity in the USA and its impact on finding qualified recruits, calling for junk food to be booted out of schools.
Three-quarters of those ages 17 to 24, or about 26 million young people, cannot serve in the military, a quarter of them because they are overweight or obese, says retired Air Force lieutenant general Norman Seip, a spokesman for Mission: Readiness, which advocates policies that would help young Americans get ready to serve. Other reasons young people can’t join if they want to: They don’t have a high school diploma, have criminal records or suffer from other health problems.
The new report called “Still Too Fat to Fight” is a follow-up to the group’s 2010 report “Too Fat to Fight.”
READ THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE BY NACI HELLMICH POSTED IN USA TODAY: