A report given by a group of retired military leaders on July 15 shows that the nation’s obesity epidemic is a cause of significant concern for military recruiting. The group, Mission: Readiness, reports that one in three teenagers are too overweight for military service, and the statistics are much higher depending on the state. For example, 71% of people in Kansas are too overweight for military service, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To combat the rising obesity among America’s youth, the group is promoting healthier eating options in schools.
“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,” said retired Brig. Gen. John Schmader in a phone interview with the Associated Press.