Is this the rationale behind all the "concern" for the obese children of the US?
The government needs soldiers?
"WASHINGTON: A study initiated by more than 100 retired generals and admirals claims that being overweight or obese is the leading medical reason why potential recruits fail to qualify for military service.
The group, who call themselves "Mission: Readiness," released their study in April. The report, called "Too Fat to Fight," outlines how America's obesity statistics are seen by some as a security threat. The study calls on Congress to pass nutrition legislation to remove junk food from schools and clean up the quality of lunchroom meal
According to the study, the number of states with 40 percent or more of their young adults who were overweight or obese went from one to 39 in 10 years. Also, 75 percent of Americans aged 17-24 are ineligible for military service because of their weight, educational status or criminal history.
"Over the past 30 years, while adult rates of obesity have doubled, childhood obesity rates have tripled," states the report.
And while current recruiting quotas are being met, some military leaders worry that the shrinking pool of eligible potential servicemembers will cause problems for future generations
While I do think obesity is an issue, I believe people should be healthy, not soldiers.
The congress will pass legislation to combat obesity, so they can recruit soldiers in the future!
But, they will tell you they care...............