Obesity is Threatening National Security, According to New Report from Defense Department

opicA new report from the Department of Defense found that nearly one-third of all Americans ages 17 to 24 are too overweight for military service, and about 73 percent of young adults in Kentucky aren’t qualified to serve in the military, mostly because they are overweight. That is the eighth highest ineligibility rate in the nation, according to an article on the Kentucky Health News website.

According to the “Retreat is Not an Option” report, available online here, 33 percent of Kentucky teens are overweight or obese, and 78 percent don’t get the recommended hour of exercise each day.

“Too many young people today have unhealthy eating and exercise habits,” retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Jerry D. Humble of Russellville said in a press release from “Mission: Readiness / Military Leaders for Kids.” “This problem threatens to diminish our future military strength and put our national security at risk.”

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