In this report, ASP CEO BGen Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret), and BG Stephen Xenakis, USA (Ret), discuss the impact of obesity on the military’s ability to recruit new servicemen and women.
The Congress and the President have tasked the U.S. Military with increasing the number of active duty service men and women. Increasingly, however, recruiters are facing challenges meeting their targets. One big reason is that a growing number of America’s youth – the recruiting pool for the military – are obese. It is not an exaggeration to say that, without targeted action to increase nutrition and reduce sedentary behavior, our national security is at risk.