Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces: A Workshop

When: May 7, 2018 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Children and Families, Food and Nutrition, Public Health, Military and Veterans Health
Activity: Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

From recruitment, to readiness, retention, resilience, and retirement, obesity affects the military every day. Between 2002 and 2011, the rate of obesity among active duty service members increased by more than half. Maintaining the health and wellness of service members is critical for national security. But like many Americans, service members, veterans, retirees and their families need community support to maintain a healthy weight. 

On May 7th, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions hosted a workshop that explored the challenges posed by obesity and overweight in the armed forces and opportunities to overcome them. The workshop examined the magnitude of obesity and overweight in the military, highlighted existing approaches that support a healthy weight, and explored innovative cross-sector opportunities to overcome this challenge.

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