Huckabee: Obesity epidemic could shake national economy and security

Republican presidential candidate and

self-described "recovering foodaholic" Mike Huckabee says today

(Saturday) that an obesity epidemic could cause serious problems

for the American economy.

Huckabee, speaking at the Southern Governors' Association

convention in Biloxi, Mississippi, says obesity is even a threat to

national security.

Huckabee wondered who would fight the war on terror if the next

generation is so overweight that its members are too sick to show

up to work.

Susan R. Cooper, director of Tennessee's Project Diabetes, said

that in one of the state's large metropolitan counties, an average

of one patient a day has a leg amputated because of diabetes.

Cooper said many states' health care costs are increasing

because of problems caused by people being overweight.