Endocrine Society Advocates for DoD Action to Protect Military Readiness

April 24, 2024

Dear Secretary Austin,

"The obesity epidemic poses an existential threat to our national defense. Our Armed Forces face their largest recruitment crisis since the initiation of the all-volunteer force, and failure to meet body composition standards has led disqualifications of military applicants since 2014. Despite loosening fitness standards, the pool of eligible military recruits is shrinking rapidly as overweight and obesity rates surpass 57% of adults under 25."

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