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Articles by Mitchell Legg, DO, MPH (MAJ, USA); Shauna Stahlman, PhD, MPH; Aparna Chauhan, PhD; Deven Patel, PhD, MPH; Zheng Hu, MS; Natalie Wells, MD, MPH (CAPT, USN)

Obesity prevalence among active component service members prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, January 2018–July 2021

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3/1/2022
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for military members to stay fit to fight. The body mass index is a tool that can be used to determine if an individual is at an appropriate weight for their height. A person’s index is determined by their weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

This study examined monthly prevalence of obesity and exercise in active component U.S. military members prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. These results suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic had a small effect on the trend of obesity in the active component U.S. military and that obesity prevalence continues to increase.

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