The news on the obesity epidemic gets worse. Now the military is getting fat.
For a long time the military had difficulty recruiting enough young people to join the armed forces. Since the economy has been doing poorly, more young people have been volunteering to serve in the military so the US military is having an easier time finding recruits.
But there is a problem. A large number of young people can’t be considered. Why?
A vast pool of American youth is off-limits to military recruiters simply because they are just too damn fat to join the service. That’s astounding. Horrifying even.
Says General Richard E. Hawley, US Air Force (Ret.):
[Source: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Too Fat to Fight: Retired Military Leaders Want Junk Food Out of America’s Schools by Mission: Readiness, Military Leaders for Kids. Image courtesy of More Things.]