Fitness, Obesity and the Military


This mornings post  discussed that 1 in 3 Americans could have diabetes by 2050, a substantial increase from the 1 in 1o we have today.  Much of this expected increase in diabetes can be attributed to our burgeoning obesity rates. On Sunday I attended the Jacksonville Air Show which is held at Naval Station Jacksonville.  For those that don’t know, NAS Jacksonville is the founding home of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The Blue Angels perform at the Jacksonville show every year and I have been going to this show for over a decade.

One of the interesting recruiting booths that I enjoy stopping by each year is for the Marines.  At this booth, they have a pull-up bar and it creates a line of people young and old, both boys and girls who see how many pull-ups they can do or how long they can hang from the bar with their chin held above it.  Less than 5 pull-ups you get a handshake, 5 to 9  a keychain,  10 -20 a hat and over 20 a t-shirt.  I do not recall the hang time, which is the standard the Marines use for girls and woman , but I believe it requires greater than 70 seconds for the t-shirt.

The lines are not as long as I remember from a few years ago, and the reason, I believe, is that more people are obese and have difficulty with physical activities such as this. In fact the military has begun to recognize that our lack of physical fitness and our increasing rate of obesity have become a factor in their ability to identify qualified recruits. In 1995 12% of recruits were rejected for being overweight, by 2008 that number had increased to 21%.

If you have not seen the CDC national map with obesity statistics for each year from 1987 to 2009, I urge you to visit the U.S. Obesity Trends by State.  This should be a wake up call for us all.

So you want to know, how many did I do? Couldn’t quite get to my goal of 10, did 8 and an almost; but next year will be better.

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About Fred Goldstein

President and Founder of Accountable Health, LLC. My background includes over 25 years of health care experience in hospital administration, health plan management, disease management and population health.
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