Petty Officer 2nd Class Byron Cary measures the height of Seaman Joshua Ritchie, during the body composition assessment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2017. The Marines were the leanest service last year, whereas the Navy was the fattest, according to a Pentagon study. (DARTEZ C. WILLIAMS/U.S. NAVY)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Byron Cary measures the height of Seaman Joshua Ritchie, during the body composition assessment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2017. The Marines were the leanest service last year, whereas the Navy was the fattest, according to a Pentagon study. (DARTEZ C. WILLIAMS/U.S. NAVY)

The Navy has fattest members of the military — but obesity rates are up across all services

by Chad Garland
Stars and Stripes

The Navy was the most obese and the Marine Corps was by far the least, but the overall rate across the military continued a steady increase, a Defense Department study found.

Marines, meanwhile, were hampered most by back and knee injuries, said the Health of the DOD Force report, which also looked at the services’ rates of injury, sleep disorders and behavioral disorders.

More than 17% of military personnel were considered obese across the DOD, up from less than 16% four years earlier, said the report, published in the August edition of the military’s Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.

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