Weight management : state of the science and opportunities for military programs /
Subcommittee on Military Weight Manangement, Committee on Military Nutrition Research, Food and Nutrition Board ; Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2003.
xvi, 258 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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The primary purpose of fitness and body composition standards in the U.S. Armed Forces has always been to select individuals best suited to the physical demands of military service, based on the assumption that proper body weight and composition supports good health, physical fitness, and appropriate military appearance. The current epidemic of overweight and obesity in the United States affects the military services. The pool of available recruits is reduced because of failure to meet body composition standards for entry into the services and a high percentage of individuals exceeding military weight-for-height standards at the time of entry into the service leave the military before completing their term of enlistment. To aid in developing strategies for prevention and remediation of overweight in military personnel, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command requested the Committee on Military Nutrition Research to review the scientific evidence for: factors that influence body weight, optimal components of a weight loss and weight maintenance program, and the role of gender, age, and ethnicity in weight management.
Table of Contents
Executive summaryp. 1
Background and context of the overweight problemp. 17
Military standards for fitness, weight, and body compositionp. 29
Factors that influence body weightp. 57
Weight-loss and maintenance strategiesp. 79
Response to the military's questionsp. 113
Programmatic and research recommendationsp. 125
Referencesp. 143
Workshop Agenda and Abstractsp. 179
Biographical Sketches of the Workshop Speakersp. 241
Biographical Sketches of the Subcommittee on Military Weight Managementp. 249
App. D: Acronymsp. 255
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