Michelle Obama: Americans getting too fat to fight

The first lady argues that the U.S. obesity epidemic is becoming a national security problem:  “A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year,” Mrs. Obama said. “This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”  One ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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The first lady argues that the U.S. obesity epidemic is becoming a national security problem: 

“A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year,” Mrs. Obama said. “This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”

 One recent study  found that 27 percent of young Americans are too overweight to join the military. 

The first lady argues that the U.S. obesity epidemic is becoming a national security problem: 

“A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year,” Mrs. Obama said. “This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”

 One recent study  found that 27 percent of young Americans are too overweight to join the military. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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