One of the most serious public health issues facing the United States today is obesity, which has been suspected as the cause of a rising number diseases and medical problems, from diabetes and heart disease in teens to a shortage of organ donors. Now, according to the U.S. military, obesity could pose a threat to national security.
It’s estimated that the Pentagon spends over $1 billion dollars each year on obesity-related issues. Along with current problems with obesity in the military, recruiters are having a tough time finding men and women who are even fit enough to join basic training.
Today on FORA.tv, the National Journal presented Obesity & National Security: Battle to Reduce Waistlines, an event featuring military spokespersons, public health officials, nutritionists and journalists who discussed the consequences of obesity as a medical disqualifer for service and how the armed forces can reverse this trend.