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Thu Sep 5, 2019, 08:58 AM

The Navy beats out the Air Force as the fattest branch, somehow

You'd expect a force commonly derided as a "Chair Force" to rank pretty high on a list of U.S. service branches by obesity, but apparently the Navy has snatched that king-size throne from the flyboys in the Air Force.

According to the 2018 Health of the DOD Force report published in the August edition of the Pentagon's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, 22% of sailors are classified as obese by military standards, well above both the 18.1% of airmen and the average of 17.4% across the entire DoD that meet that definition.

"While injury, sleep disorders, and BH conditions remain important threats to Navy readiness, this report highlights obesity as a growing health concern among Sailors," the report says. "Obesity contributes to hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, all-cause mortality, and increased healthcare costs. It also contributes to failure of Sailors to meet physical fitness standards.

By contrast, the Army clocked in at thee Pentagon average of a 17.4% obesity rate while the Marine Corps came in at an 8.3% obesity rate, likely due, as Military.com notes, to the size and relative youth of its force.


https://taskandpurpose.com/navy-fattest-military-branch

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Reply The Navy beats out the Air Force as the fattest branch, somehow (Original post)
douglas9 Sep 2019 OP
Docreed2003 Sep 2019 #1
qazplm135 Sep 2019 #2
Docreed2003 Sep 2019 #3
DashOneBravo Sep 2019 #7
Docreed2003 Sep 2019 #8
DashOneBravo Sep 2019 #9
TEB Sep 2019 #10
DashOneBravo Sep 2019 #11
TEB Sep 2019 #12
The Polack MSgt Sep 2019 #4
Kaleva Sep 2019 #5
Aristus Sep 2019 #6

Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 09:04 AM

1. That chiefs mess

It always amused me during PFA season how many overweight folks in senior enlisted leadership somehow got a pass on the taping for BMI...senior officers too for that matter

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 10:04 AM

2. how do you define senior officer?

You talking flag rank or just field grade?

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 12:21 PM

3. Well I was never flag rank

We we're ALWAYS expected to be within standards, promotion depended on it...flag rank was what I was referring to.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 10:11 PM

7. You're just hoping TEB doesn't see that.

LOL

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Response to DashOneBravo (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 10:20 PM

8. Lmao

I'm surprised he hasn't commented yet

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 9, 2019, 11:04 PM

9. I sent him a DU mail

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Response to DashOneBravo (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 05:11 AM

10. Interesting

Ok I canít I just cannot be a grownup

LARD ASSES

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Response to TEB (Reply #10)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 01:05 PM

11. What was it that he told you?

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Response to DashOneBravo (Reply #11)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 01:08 PM

12. I posted article on vets board at work

We have some plump former swabbies I get em wound up

Today when I got back one was stuffing his mouth with cheesecake Iím like really. What happens if the navy recalls you in time of need I got a f..ck you I said drive on.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 02:20 PM

4. When I was in a Joint Intel unit we ahd all services

and the Navy Crypto Tech and Yeomen were by far the roundest of the 4 services.

The Marines were by far the leanest.

That doesn't mean the us "Chairmen" were all in shape - Not even close.

But the Company E Marines were studs 301st IS and 750th MIB were about the same office dweller types and Naval Security Group were led by a SNCO corps that seemed to be assembled from bratwursts

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 04:28 PM

5. A sailor who can't fit through a scuttle while in battle dress ought not be in the Navy

I would not want to be trapped in a burning and/or flooding compartment because SN Fred Flintstone was stuck in the scuttle.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2019, 12:25 PM

6. Does it have anything to do with duty aboard the confines of a ship?

Kind of hard to do 25-mile marches or 5-mile runs on board a naval vessel.

Hell, the PT I did every morning on duty in the Army wasn't enough exercise to stay physically fit, even in a combat arms role like crewing a tank. A lot of guys went to the gym after work, or put in a pretty solid workout on the weekends.

I used to love getting up early on Sunday mornings and go for a run around the post when it was nice and quiet.

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