Here’s the national preparedness goal:
“A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”
Some people (e.g., several hundred retired admirals and generals) argue obesity threatens both the security and resilience of the nation.
A few years ago, in a document titled Too Fat to Fight, they claimed
Being overweight or obese turns out to be the leading medical reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service. 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….
[At] least nine million 17- to 24-year-olds in the United States are too fat to serve in the military. That is 27 percent of all young adults. Obesity rates among children and young adults have increased so dramatically that they threaten not only the overall health of America but also the future strength of our military.
Obesity threatens more than the nation’s ability to staff its armed forces. It’s an economic threat. And, as the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review report points out (p. 31), “homeland security is inseparable from economic security.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (still acronymized as CDC):
• More than one-third (or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.
• Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
• The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
What can be done to “prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover” from obesity?
Among the hundreds of answers offered to that question, here a suggestion from a 1:41 youtube video I saw a few weeks ago.
Homeland security starts at home.