(CBS) – Obesity, they say, poses a threat to national security.
The Pentagon spends more than $1 billion a year on medical care relating to weight and obesity. And America’s growing weight problem means finding new troops fit enough to fight has never been more challenging.READ MORE: Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour Coming To Globe Life Field In Arlington
Army recruiter Sgt. Laura Peterson says America’s growing waistline is shrinking the pool of those qualified to serve.
“I’ve definitely seen the problem getting worse,” she said. “The population has gotten bigger. They don’t move as much.”READ MORE: FAA Provides $251 Million In Airport Rescue Grants to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Among 17- to 24-year-olds, 27 percent are too overweight for military service. According to officials, over the past 50 years, the number of women considered ineligible due to weight has tripled, and the number of men has doubled.US Federal Student Loan Interest Rate Set To Rise July 1
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