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Michelle Obama: Child Obesity a ‘National Security Threat’


"We can't just leave it up to the parents."

Michelle Obama is set to make a major announcement today: fat children are a "national security threat." The announcement is part of prepared remarks for a news conference on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act slated for Monday morning.

From Politico:

First Lady Michelle Obama plans to warn in remarks Monday that the nation is seeing “a groundswell of support” for curbing childhood obesity, and she is unveiling new ammunition from current and retired military leaders.

“[M]ilitary leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well."

The remarks, as given during the bill's signing, are below:

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