Apr 20, 2010 3:18 PM

Too fat to fight

It's an old adage -- an army travels on its stomach. That is, unless the stomach is too big. A group of retired military officers says kids are eating too many high-calorie
lunches at school, making them so fat that fewer of them can meet the military's physical fitness standards. More than a quarter of Americans ages 17 to 24 are said to be too overweight for the military.

The report was presented Tuesday in Washington, D.C.  "Our report shows that more than nine million young adults are too overweight to join the military - that's twenty seven percent of young adults in this country," said Lt. General Norman Seip, retired Air Force.

The report shows that for the first time in American history, the health of the children is worse than that of the parents.

The blame is aimed at school lunches.  The report indicated up to forty percent of a child's calorie intake may happen at school. 


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