The US Military's Battle With Obesity

Sara B. Police, Nicole Ruppert

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The prevalence of obesity continues to rise among youth and adults in the US and the US military. The US military is negatively impacted by the nation's growing waistline, with drastic reductions in eligible recruits, increasing risks for compromised physical endurance and performance, and ballooning health care costs. This perspective discusses the effects of the obesity epidemic on the US military, previous and continuing research and programming initiatives, the progress made to increase access to healthy foods, and opportunities for future directions in research and practice to combat the obesity epidemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-480
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for providing financial support during the research and development of this manuscript and for providing experiential courses to allow students the opportunity to independently research topical issues and events related to nutritional sciences.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior


  • armed forces
  • military
  • obesity epidemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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