Obese Army Recruits Pose a Challenge to U.S. National Security

The U.S. Army draws a disproportionate share of its recruits from the southern part of the U.S. As a have noted in a previous blog note about the"stroke belt" and also as documented in other news articles, the southern part of the country is not a healthy environment for many of its residents (see: Stroke Belt; Cognitive Decline Documented in the U.S. Southern"Stroke Belt" States;Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps). To quote some statistics from from this latter CDC reference:The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (32.0%), followed by the Midwest (31.4%), the Northeast (26.9%), and the West (26.0%).35% or more adults had obesity in 5 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia)I had not thought of this before, but a recent article indicated that the U.S. Army draws a high percentage off its recruits from the south and that"fat recruits" are posing a national security risk on the basis of their poor health (see:Fat Army Recruits In The South Are A National Security Risk). Below is an excerpt from that article:Researchers discovered that Army recruits from the ten state cluster of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas are significantly less fit and more likely to suffer injuries during training. For example, training-related injuries (TRIs) increased by 22 percent for males and 28 percent for females from these states, compared to the ...
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