The warning by retired American generals of the widespread unfitness of today’s youth to serve in the armed forces is shocking. It’s particularly troubling for Mississippi.

According to the generals, this state has the highest ineligibility rate in the country at 76%, as compared to an unflattering national average of 72%. The disqualifiers include lack of education, criminal background, substance abuse or medical conditions. The No. 1 medical disqualifier is obesity.

America’s weight trouble doesn’t just pinch the military. It is driving up health-care costs and reducing workplace productivity.

If we don’t get a handle on the problem, our national security and our standard of living could be at stake.

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