The National Security Risks of Childhood Obesity

The National Security Risks of Childhood ObesityChildhood obesity has been covered quite a bit in the news lately — Michelle Obama has adopted the issue as her personal crusade.  Along with this comes a new report from a group of retired military leaders titled “Too Fat To Fight.”  The report’s authors share their concerns about the large number of American youth who are overweight and out of shape – 75% of 17-24 year-olds are not fit for military service primarily due to health reasons.

Sometimes, fixing a problem comes down to expressing the problem in the right way to get the energy and resources behind a solution.  What better framing could be available to us than obesity as a national security threat?

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Ben’s a big picture type of guy. He loves sharing new ideas in digital marketing, keeping a watchful eye on healthcare industry trends and seeing how it all intersects. A sought-after speaker, writer, blogger and current SHSMD board member, Ben’s an influential voice in healthcare marketing, helping organizations across the country embrace online strategies to engage health consumers. Combine his industry savvy with his background in software development and you can see why he’s also an important member of Geonetric’s software team, ensuring our content management system stays a step ahead of market needs. Ben holds a master’s degree in eBusiness and strategic management from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan. When he’s not traveling and evangelizing, Ben enjoys cooking with his family and playing the Big House with the University of Michigan Alumni marching band.

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