What is the Prevalence of Obesity in the UK Armed Forces?

Research Paper Title

Obesity in the United Kingdom Armed Forces: Prevalence Based on Measured and Self-Reported Data.

Purpose

To assess the prevalence of obesity in the United Kingdom military and general population and the extent to which self-reported data underestimates obesity.

Methods

Height and weight data from military personnel (measured data: 2,073 men, 308 women; self-reported data: 6,374 men, 609 women) and from the general population (measured data: 1,121 men, 1,396 women; self-reported data: 1,234 men, 1,543 women).

Results

Obesity (defined as having a body mass index of 30+) was 6.2% in those under 25 years old and 24.5% in those over 35 years old in military males, and the prevalence of obesity was 12% in those under 25 years old and 25% in those over 35 years old in military women. Self-reported body mass index underestimated obesity.

Conclusions

Obesity is uncommon in those under 25 years old in the United Kingdom military. The prevalence of obesity based on self-reported data underestimates true prevalence.

Document

Obesity in the UK AF, Prevalence Based on Measured & Self Reported Data (Fear et al., 2011)

Reference

Fear, N.T., Sundin, J. & Rona, R.J. (2011) Obesity in the United Kingdom Armed Forces: Prevalence Based on Measured and Self-Reported Data. Military Medicine. 176(1), pp.44-49.

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