Are school lunches a national security threat?
(AP) - A group of retired military officers says high-calorie school lunches are threatening national security.
A study by the group Mission: Readiness finds that schoollunches are making American kids so fat that fewer of them can meetthe military's physical fitness standards. That, in turn, isputting recruitment in jeopardy.
A report from the group, released yesterday, says that 27percent of Americans ages 17 to 24 are too overweight to join themilitary.
One of the officers, retired Navy Rear Admiral James BarnettJr., says many young Americans are simply too fat to fight.
The officers are pushing for passage of a wide-ranging nutritionbill that aims to make the nation's school lunches healthier.