There’s got to be more to this:
A study by the group Mission: Readiness finds that school lunches are making American kids so fat that fewer of them can meet the military’s physical fitness standards. That, in turn, is putting recruitment in jeopardy.
The threat posed by school lunches must be minor compared to those horrible things called “breakfast sandwiches,” double-stuff pizzas, chips, and Double-Downs. I figured there was something missing in the news story.
Here’s an excerpt from the report’s executive summary. The report focuses on school lunches because they are controllable, not because they are the culprit, except to the extent they include Double-Downs (emphasis added):
We are calling on Congress to pass new child nutrition legislation that would (a) get the junk food out of our schools; (b) support increased funding to improve nutritional standards and the quality of meals served in schools; and (c) provide more children access to effective programs that cut obesity.
If we don’t take steps now to build a strong, healthy foundation for our young people, then it won’t just be our military that pays the price – our nation as a whole will suffer also.
The report itself is here (PDF).