Forget about Wikileaks. Michelle Obama has warned about a new threat to America’s national security – obesity.

The First Lady claimed that one in four young Americans are unqualified to serve in the armed forces because they are too fat.

‘Childhood obesity isn’t just a public health issue, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well,’ she said.

Mrs Obama was making a rare joint speaking appearance with her husband in Washington where the president signed a nutrition bill to help improve the quality of school meals.

While he may be at loggerheads with Republicans over his tax plans, Mr Obama praised the bipartisan support that smoothed the way through U.S. Congress for the anti-obesity legislation.

The $4.5 billion measure will expand free school meals for the needy and give the government the power to decide what kinds of foods may be sold in vending machines, lunch lines and fundraisers during school hours.

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