Survey finds obesity, mental health are continuing problems for wounded warriors
WASHINGTON— A new survey of 33,000 wounded warriors has alerted advocates and government officials to ongoing problems with veterans’ mental health and obesity.
In the latest annual survey from the Wounded Warrior Project, completed in conjunction with the research firm Westat, 78 percent of participants reported experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, up from 75 percent in 2014. In addition, 52 percent were listed as obese – an increase from 43 percent in the Wounded Warrior Project’s 2014 survey.
The survey focused on post-9/11 veterans, most of whom have injuries and other health problems related to their military service. Of the 33,000 who answered the survey, 84 percent were male, and 53 percent lived in the southern United States. The average age was 40.
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