Do you remember the free lunches that we got from the school growing up? Or, maybe it was just me that was on the free lunch plan lol.
I can’t remember the meals being from gourmet reciepes can you? But these meals are provided by the government right?? Well according to the Chicago Sun Times school lunches are making kids to fat to serve.
Weight problems are now the leading medical reason that recruits are rejected, and thus jeopardize the military’s ability to fill its ranks.
Other things keep young adults out of the armed services, such as a criminal record or the lack of a high school diploma but, now eating problems are causes also.
“When over a quarter of young adults are too fat to fight, we need to take notice,” Barnett said, retired Navy Adm. He noted that national security in the year 2030 is “absolutely dependent” on reversing child obesity rates.
Recruitment isn’t the only problem posed by obesity. According to the report, the government spends tens of millions of dollars every year to train replacements for service members discharged because of weight problems.
This isn’t the first time the military has gotten involved in the debate over school lunches. The Army is already doing its part to catch the problem earlier, working with high schoolers and interested recruits to lose weight before they are eligible for service, says U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s Mark Howell. He added that he had to lose 10 pounds himself before he joined the military.
“This is the future of our Army we are looking at when we talk about these 17- to 24-year-olds,” Howell said. “The sad thing is a lot of them want to join but can’t.
Even in sports they have said that this is a growing problem. The NFL has formed NFL Play 60 which encourages kids to get at least 60 mins of play time at day.