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Sep 25, 2012 4:11 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Military leaders warn obesity could affect national security

A group of more than 300 retired military leaders wants junk food out of schools.

The group called "Mission: Readiness" says childhood obesity is affecting the future of the armed forces.

Their report called 'Still Too Fat to Fight' claims 25 percent of young people cannot serve in the military because they are overweight or obese.

The group is urging the government to update school nutrition standards to include vending machines, school stores and cafeteria a la carte items.

"The bottom line is: getting junk food out of our schools is critically important to making sure America's child obesity crisis does not become a more serious national security crisis," said Gen. Richard B. Myers, US Air Force (Ret.) & Former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The report finds kids are eating 400 billion extra calories a year from food sold in schools.

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