About a third of American adults are considered obese, having a Body Mass Index greater than 30 (BMI is calculated using height and weight), and 18% of American teenagers are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2010, a group of retired military leaders warned that 27% of young adults (a total of nine million), ages 17 to 24, are unfit for service because they are too fat. “This is a national security issue,” a spokesman for the group said. “We are having difficulty recruiting from the civilian population.”
Phi Beta Iota: The above was posted in 2010. It has gotten much, much worse. Today only 1% of our youth are fit for consideration as inductees to the Armed Forces.