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Advocates Urge Austin to Act on Active Duty Obesity 'Epidemic'

April 26, 2024

Karen Jowers

Military Times

Retired military leaders and others are urging DOD to address obesity in the ranks. (Senior Airman Jarrod Grammel/Air Force)

By Karen Jowers, Military Times / April 25, 2024

The military must take swift, decisive action to address obesity in the ranks, according to a new letter sent to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Wednesday by a group of more than 50 individuals and organizations, including 21 retired senior military leaders.

The letter, spearheaded by the American Security Project, urges defense leaders to strike at the core of the problem on five fronts related to prevention, identification and treatment of obesity in the military.

“This crisis has far-reaching impacts on readiness and retention,” wrote the group, which also includes health experts and advocacy organizations.

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