Obesity and national defense: Will america be too heavy to fight?

Matthew Gagnon, Mark B. Stephens

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Obesity has been a topic 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. This study seeks to describe at what point, projecting current trends in obesity and military accession, there would no longer be a sufficient number of qualified applicants to support an effective military fighting force. By analyzing trends in national obesity data and military accession records, the authors were unable to determine a realistic time projection of a year in which the United States would no longer be able to find enough qualified military applicants as a result of increasing obesity rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-467
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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