Former U.S military leaders have identified a latent threat to the potential for a leaner, more agile fighting force: the school vending machine, the Chicago Tribune reports. In a report to be released on Tuesday, a group of 300 retired military officers said school-age children are eating 400 billion excess calories a year – the equivalent of 2 billion candy bars – from junk food sold in such machines as well as in snack bars and cafeterias that should be off-limits. Those extra calories from candy, chips and sugary drinks amount to about 130 calories a day, which over a student’s school years can lead to extra pounds…

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