The fattest branch of the military is the Navy, report says

The new Pentagon report explains that "obesity negatively impacts physical performance and military readiness and is associated with long-term health problems."

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September 05, 2019 - 3:34 pm

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(KFTK) - The fattest branch of the U.S. Military is the Navy, according to a new Pentagon report

Almost one in four sailors are obese and retired lieutenant general who researches health and obesity, Thomas Spoehr says, "this is a national health crisis that needs to be addressed."

The cause, Spoehr told the Washington Examiner, is possibly because American civilian lifestyle is spilling over into the military. 

"The problem of increased obesity increasingly erodes readiness," Spoehr says. Service members are less able to cope with physical loads and stress. Obesity is an underlying cause of many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Obesity contributes to joint problems, especially knees and hips. All these issues contribute to service members unable to perform their primary mission when the need arises."

The report specifically points out a problem in the Navy with sailors drinking too many sugary energy drinks.

The Navy led all service branches with 22% of its personnel being obese, beating out the Air Force at 18.1%, and the Army at 17.4%. The Marine Corps is by far the leanest service, at 8.3%.

However, they have much lower rates, compared to the rest of U.S. citizens. In a 2016 report by the CDC, 39.8 percent of adult Americans were considered obese. 

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