Obesity In US Military Surged In Pandemic, Nearly 10,000 Army Soldiers Obese, Report

"The Army and the other services need to focus on how to bring the forces back to fitness," said Tracey Perez Koehlmoos, director of the Center for Health Services Research at the Uniformed Services.

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Soldiers of the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, demonstrate the U.S. Army’s newest weapon during a Rangers in Action Ceremony September 16, 2022, at Victory Pond, Fort Benning, Georgia. The XM5 Rifle will replace the M4/M4A1 carbine within the close combat force. The new ammunition includes multiple types of tactical and training rounds that increase accuracy and are more lethal against emerging threats than both the 5.56mm and 7.62mm ammunition. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning Public Affairs)
  • Obesity in the U.S. military surged during the pandemic, according to new research.
  • The number pushed the military obesity rate to nearly a quarter of the troops studied, with increases found in the Navy and the Marines, according to the Associated Press.
  • Koehlmoos says more-recent data won’t be available until later this year, but there’s no sign that the trend is ending.