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Texas Too Fat To Fight? New Report Says Yes

A new report says almost half of Texas’s young adults are too obese to qualify for military service. The study by a group of retired military officials warned members of Congress that the nationwide trend is a threat to national security. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.


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In Texas it found that about 47 percent of all 18 to 24-year-olds are too overweight or obese to be taken by any of the armed services. Lieutenant General Norman Seip says the numbers show that young adults don’t seem to be getting healthier. His fear is that it will be increasingly difficult for the military to recruit the people it needs.

“10 years ago today only 1 state had 40 percent or more of its young adults overweight today that number is 39 states. Since 1995 the proportion of recruits rejected during their physical exams because they are overweight has increased by 70 percent.” 

The retired leaders are members of the non-profit group Mission Readiness. National Director Amy Dawson Taggart is calling on Congress to get junk food and soda out of the nation’s schools.

“School lunches are an obvious place to start — this is not about looking good in a uniform it is about being healthy and fit to do the work of the nation.”

Congress is expected to debate whether to update nutrition standards in schools this year during reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

From Capitol News Connection Sara Sciammacco, KUHF News

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