Overweight, obesity diagnoses on the rise in military
Diagnoses of overweight and obese servicemembers rose 73 percent over five years across all age groups, according to the Defense Health Agency’s latest monthly report.
Health providers diagnosed 7.8 percent of the Defense Department’s active-duty forces as overweight or obese in 2015, the report said.
In 2011, 4.5 percent of the force was diagnosed as overweight or obese.
The report cautioned that the increase could be the result of more clinical providers diagnosing weight gain as a medical problem, though it could not rule out greater prevalence of overweight servicemembers.
The report relied on provider-assigned diagnoses, rather than actual height and weight measurements.
“The results of this analysis suggest that continued emphasis on improving ‘nutritional fitness’ as well as physical fitness should continue as a priority of military medical and line leaders at every level,” the report said.
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