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America " too fat to field an army..."
23 Apr 2015

  • General in charge of US Army recruiting has warned that America's growing obesity epidemic 'is becoming a national security issue'
  • Major General Allen Batschelet says 10 percent of young men and women are currently refused because they are too heavy
  • Current trends project that the military will be unable to recruit enough qualified soldiers by the end of the decade
  • Maximum body fat percentage that the army allows for recruits aged 17-20 is 20 percent for men and 30 percent for females

The general in charge of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command has warned that America’s growing obesity epidemic ‘is becoming a national security issue.’

Major General Allen Batschelet says that 10 percent of young men and women who sign up to join the Army are currently refused because they are too heavy.

Batschelet warns that current trends mean as many as half of young Americans will be so grossly overweight by the end of the decade that the military will be unable to recruit enough qualified soldiers.

As many as half of young Americans will be so grossly overweight by the end of the decade that the military will be unable to recruit enough qualified soldiers.

As many as half of young Americans will be so grossly overweight by the end of the decade that the military will be unable to recruit enough qualified soldiers.

Major General Allen Batschelet says that 10 percent of young men and women who sign up to join the Army are currently refused because they are too heavy

Major General Allen Batschelet says that 10 percent of young men and women who sign up to join the Army are currently refused because they are too heavy

'The obesity issue is the most troubling because the trend is going in the wrong direction,' he told CNN.

'We think by 2020 it could be as high as 50 percent, which mean only 2 in 10 would qualify to join the Army. It's a sad testament to who we are as a society right now.'

Of the 195,000 young men and women who signed up to fight for our country in 2014, only 72,000 qualified.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3050620/Obesity-epidemic-national-security-issue-says-general-warns-HALF-young-Americans-fat-serve-2020.html#ixzz3YCMjSpwi

David Mccormack For Dailymail.com


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