September 19, 2012
In a move that will undoubtedly annoy those who feel the Obama administration has become smothering in its nanny state efforts to control people’s diets, ex-military leaders have been enlisted to declare war on junk food by declaring it a “national security threat.”
With one in four military age males in the United States deemed too fat to join the Army, retired generals and admirals are coming together under the banner of Mission: Readiness, a “nonpartisan national security organization” run by the Council for a Strong America, which recently received half a million dollars in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Council for a Strong America is primarily a lobbying group that has previously donated to the Obama campaign.
Mission: Readiness is set to hold a press conference on September 25th which will include speakers such as Richard B. Myers, General, US Air Force (Retired), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, James M. Loy, Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired), along with Former Commandant of US Coast Guard & Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Norman R. Seip, Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Retired).
“Calling childhood obesity a threat to national security, retired US Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005, will join other retired generals and admirals who are members of the national security organization Mission: Readiness in issuing a new report on improving the quality of food served in schools,” states the group’s press release.
There’s no doubt that eating a healthy diet and avoiding too much junk food is more important today then ever before, especially given the increasing amount of artificial additives in food that have been linked with obesity and other diseases.