Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pentagon: US Troops Getting Fat!

File this under 'What the heck....?'. According to the US Defense Department's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, the incidence of overweight and obesity in US troops has more than doubled since the beginning of the war in Iraq. According to researchers the "stress and return from deployment were the most frequently cited reasons" for gaining weight. It seems that unhealthy eating habits and "sedentary pastimes" such as playing video games have spilled over into the army.

Levels of overweight troops were relatively steady up until 2002, but they have since skyrocketed. According to the study, nearly 1 in 20 members of the service are diagnosed as clinically overweight today, but the number is estimated to be higher. That's some bad news, alright.

According to the study, "Overweight/obesity is a significant military medical concern because it is associated with decreased military operational effectiveness,". Yikes! Those soldiers need to trade in those PS3's for some Wii Fit's!