Obesity in America is an inconvenience for people all over the country, but apparently it’s also threatening national security.
Military leaders says the army is facing a tough battle, shedding some pounds.
“If you cant make your mission of meeting a recruiting goal for our Army, you are impacting our national security,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Muth / U.S. Army.
Major General Muth with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, says the army failed to reach it’s goal of recruiting more than 76,000 soldiers in 2018.
One reason: Too many recruits were deemed overweight and ineligible.
A new report titled “unhealthy and unprepared” studies the problem. It found that 71% percent of young people ages 17-24 were unfit to serve.
“Take stock of this eligibility percentage which is outlandish as it relates to 17-24 year old,” Retired Admiral James Loy / Mission Readiness
Loy’s organization mission readiness is working with military officials to raise awareness about obesity and it’s negative impact on the military.
In addition to recruiting concerns, officials say fighting the epidemic cost the defense department over a billion dollars in healthcare expenses each year.
Military leaders are addressing obesity in the army; one step is a new combat readiness test. It’s designed to help prevent injuries and better prepare soldiers for the physical demand of their jobs.
Admiral Loy says defense leaders and lawmakers must also find legislative solutions including healthier food options on military bases and schools.