In extensive report retired military leaders say this generation is “too fat to fight.”

Image: 3truestories.com In their new report dubbed "Too Fat to…

Image: 3truestories.com

In their new report dubbed “Too Fat to Fight,” the nonpartisan group of 100 retired generals and admirals known as Mission: Readiness calls on the U.S. government to reduce the amount of junk foods available at schools in favor of healthier options.

“Being overweight or obese turns out to be the leading medical reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service,” the group says in the report. “Today, otherwise excellent recruit prospects, some of them with generations of sterling military service in their family history, are being turned away because they are just too overweight.”

Citing Department of Defense data that 75 percent of young Americans can’t join the military because they did not graduate from high school, have criminal records or are physically unfit, the group of retired military leaders has set their sights on combating obesity.

Between 1995 and 2008, the military had 140,000 individuals who showed up at recruiting centers but failed their entrance physicals because of their weight, the report said.

Read the report “Too Fat to Fight” here.

Source: Ryan Jaslow for CBS News.

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