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The authors explore a topic that has been of intense interest in the United States for several years. Rising rates of obesity have led some to question whether or not America will be able to readily sustain a fit fighting force into the future. Childhood obesity rates have steadily increased for the past 30 years. Recently, this rising trend in national obesity in American children and adults has raised concerns regarding implications for national defense. The increased obesity rates in America have dramatically impacted the pool of potential military applicants…show more content…
The authors provide plenty of supporting data to show the result of the study.
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The authors make a strong statement in the introduction of this article it states that since members of the US armed forces are recruited from the general US population, the increase in overweight/obesity in children and adults are a matter of concern and a national security threat. Overweight/obesity in military personnel increase risk of premature discharge, decreased the length of service, higher incidence of illness and lower productivity. Overweight/obesity is a leading cause of medical disqualifications of applicants screened at recruiting stations, disqualifying some 15.9-21.6% of candidates between 2007 and 2012. This article clearly shows the trends of overweight and obesity that are reflected in the US adult civilian population. Overweight prevalence in the Army rose to approximately 35% in men and 25-30% in women, mimicking the prevalence of the US civilian population, which was about 33% in men and 27% of women aged 20-39 years old in 2011-2012. The article concludes how the US Army is not immune to the
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