Admirals: Americans too fat for military service

Admirals: Americans too fat for military service

[Ed. – Be careful how you applaud this point.  It’s got Michelle Obama’s footprint all over it.]

The Department of Defense says that obesity is affecting the number of Americans eligible to serve in the military.

Jessica Kartalija reports now there’s a push for kids to eat healthier.

“I am very concerned about the reduced number of men and women who can meet all of the qualifications required to serve in our armed forces,” said retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Steven Tomaszeski.

Now, retired admirals from Maryland are releasing a report, citing obesity as the number one reason young adults can’t serve in the military. …

The Department of Defense says more than 70 percent of young people are unable to serve in the military.

“This report shows that obesity is the leading medical reason why 70 percent of young adults in Maryland are unable to serve in today’s military. And that within the military itself, obesity rates have risen a staggering 61 percent since 2002,” said A.B. Cruz III, Rear Admiral USN (Ret).

Now they’re pushing to update nutrition standards in Maryland schools and joining forces with kids as part of the Alliance For a Healthier Generation.

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