Army Lt. General Hertling: Obesity is a National Security Issue
A large group of military leaders are calling obesity a national security threat because the number of eligible military recruits has decreased over the last decade. About 1 in 4 young adults in the United States is too overweight to join the military. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling says it’s because schools stopped teaching physical education, serving sizes at fast food restaurants increased and technology took over. Lt. Gen. Hertling is part of Mission: Readiness, an organization of military leaders who are taking a stand against obesity by reaching out to Congress, health care professionals, educators and many other Americans and talking about obesity and what needs to be done to reverse the staggering numbers of obese kids. Hear what he had to say when he addressed the audience an annual conference recently.
Learn more at the Mission: Readiness website.