Thursday, June 17, 2010

Too Fat To Fight? Military Recruits and ObesityToo Fat To Fight? Military Recruits and Obesity

“Titled "Too Fat to Fight," the April study bluntly concludes that 9 million 17- to 24-year-olds -- 27 percent of all young adults – ‘are too fat to serve in the military.’ The report by the nonprofit organization Mission: Readiness calls this trend ‘a threat to national security" and notes that ‘being overweight is now by far the leading medical reason for rejection.’ From 1995 to 2008, the study says, "the proportion of potential recruits who failed their physicals each year because they were overweight rose nearly 70 percent.’ Despite the dire long-term predictions, all four military services...

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