UNDATED (WTVB) - Concerns are being raised by hundreds of retired military leaders about childhood obesity. Citing its impact on finding qualified recruits, they want junk food banned from schools. A new report states the extra calories are making young people too heavy to serve in the military, ultimately putting national security at risk. In fact, statistics show three-quarters of people between the ages of 17 and 24 are too overweight to serve in the military. That amounts to roughly 26 million ineligible young people. The report titled "Still Too Fat To Fight" emphasizes that the 40-percent of students who purchase high-calorie, low-nutrient junk food at school consume an average of 130 calories a day. The analysis notes that junk food adds up to 400-billion "empty" calories a year, or the calories in nearly two-billion candy bars.
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