Military officials fear the U-S war on terror is being compromised by the homefront's battle of the bulge.
Obesity is taking a heavy toll on the armed forces, as record numbers of recruiting-age men and women weigh too much to qualify for enlistment. Thousands of troops are struggling to shed excess pounds, and thousands have been booted out of the service in recent years because they couldn't.
An Army nutrition expert says unless weight rules are relaxed, the country is going to have a harder time fielding an Army. He says America's bulging waistlines are "becoming a national security issue."
Ironically, the big concern used to be soldiers who were too skinny. The school lunch program was introduced after World War Two because Congress worried that too many high schoolers were malnourished and unfit to fight.