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Generals: We're Tired Of Fat American Children

•, Geoffrey Ingersoll
 A group called 'Mission: Readiness' recently released a new report, titled "Still Too Fat To Fight."

The report, signed off on by several hundred military retirees, argues that of the 75 percent of Americans aged 17 - 24 (military recruitment age) who are unqualified for service, one third fail to qualify because they're too obese for the battlefield.

Nanci Hellmich of USA Today reports that these former military members' new mission is to eliminate junk food from schools, as a matter of national security.

"We look at childhood obesity not only as a health crisis but a national security issue," retired Air Force lieutenant general Norman Seip told Hellmich. "When 25 percent of young people can't join the military simply because they are overweight, that's an issue that needs to be dealt with."

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