April 21, 2010
Posted: 04:42 AM ET
Look around the room you’re in—one out of four of young people is unable to meet the requirements to join the U.S. military—so says a group of retired armed forces leaders. They believe this puts the country at risk and has become a national security threat. They point to us simply being too heavy. A threat from within if you will.
“It’s not drug abuse, it’s not asthma, it’s not flat feet—by far the leading medical reason is being overweight or obese,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen Norman Seip.
Here are the stark indicators the group points to:
Here are some of the standards they must meet and maintain:
The group's suggestion: urge Congress to pass a law to remove school junk food, improve nutritional standards and quality of school meals, and open access to anti-obesity programs for children.
So what do you think: Are the U.S. military recruiting standards fair? Should they be raised or lowered? What do you think of the group’s proposal to prevent obesity? What else should be done? Is this really a national security threat?
Let us know what you think and we’ll try to share your comments on "Morning Express" this morning!
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