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Did you hear?… U.S. military fights the battle of the bulge with new recruit applicants

Almost a third of 18-year-olds who applied for service in all branches of the military in 2005 were overweight, according to report cited in a recent USA Today article.


Almost a third of 18-year-olds who applied for service in all branches of the military in 2005 were overweight, according to report cited in a recent USA Today article.

The Army’s report also found the share of applicants who were obese doubled to 6 percent from 1996 to 2005, and the percentage of overweight applicants went up every year of the medical survey, the article said.

USA Today reported the military is reviewing its fitness guidelines, and has initiated a study that tracks recruits who have been given a second-chance physical test when they’re above body-fat limits. Those who enlisted under these guidelines have fared well, which has proved that body fat is not the sole predictor of performance, according to the 2005 Army report.

Additionally, the Army has launched programs to help troops stay in shape: a campaign for troops and families to track healthy eating and manage weight via the Internet, and the resources to design a personal weight-loss or weight-management plan.

To read the full USA Today article, click here.