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Military Takes Aim At Childhood Obesity (VIDEO)

I may have been shocked last week at the notion that a full half of the people who live in the United States are expected to be obese by the year 2030.  Yes, 50%.

But then, this week, I read more news I found equally depressing.  USA Today reports a large percentage of young adults are turned are deemed unqualified  for military service because they are overweight or obese.  My husband doesn’t think I should be shocked.  And yet, I still was.

There is a group of retired military commanders, admirals and generals, who are not only disturbed by this trend, but are determined to change it.  Operating under the title, ‘Mission Readiness’, this team of more than 300 is targeting the junk food many kids are getting at school each and every day.  Based on their just released report, ‘Too Fat to Fight’, kids, on average, are consuming about 5-10% of their daily calories in the form of this junk food at school: candy, cookies and pastries.  It may be coming from the cafeteria line or from vending machines, but either way, this habit is in their sights.

The latest statistics say ¾ of young adults between the ages of 17-26 are not qualified to join the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard.  That is 26 million people. And a full ¼ of THOSE can’t because of their weight.  The others couldn’t join if they wished to do so because of other health issues, a criminal record or they don’t have a high school diploma.  But that leaves 6.5 million who are overweight or obese to the point that the military couldn’t allow them to fight for their country if they wanted to join.

While the USA Today article goes on to say that there is not currently a shortage of able-bodied men and women who are enlisting, they believe that is in large part, due to the economy.  As it stands now, they explained that many recruits require special training when they join because their level of physical fitness is inadequate.

More thoughts in the video.

While this report may not be the one that pushes you over the edge to doing something to stop obesity from taking over, what might?  What will?  What do YOU do at home to stop the cycle of obesity?

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