(WASHINGTON) — Former military leaders say one of the biggest threats to the national security of the United States is not another country or even terrorism, it's obesity.
A new report by 300 retired military officers finds one in four young adults are too overweight to join the U.S. military. The report also finds school-age children are eating 400 billion excess calories a year.
The non-profit group Mission: Readiness published the report this week. The organization's members include Richard Myers, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and James M. Loy, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
"The calories add up," the retired generals and admirals said in the report. "While limiting the sale of junk food is not a solution by itself for the childhood obesity epidemic, it is part of the solution."