Obesity Epidemic: A Looming National Crisis


In the historical series “Lest We Forget,” host Lillian Cauldwell examines how obesity has become a national security threat. The Department of Defense allocates approximately $1.5 billion annually to obesity-related healthcare for service members. In 2022, it was reported that 41.9% of service members were obese, with men at a higher rate of 22.5% compared to women at 17.4%. The Navy recorded the highest obesity rate at 27%, while the Marine Corps had the lowest at 11%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define obesity as a weight that is higher than what is considered healthy for a given height. The body mass index (BMI) is a widely-used measure for obesity, based on an individual’s height and weight. A BMI of 30 or above is classified as obese, while a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is deemed overweight. The BMI categories are as follows: below 18.5 is underweight, 18.5-24.9 is a healthy weight, 25.0-29.9 is overweight, and 30 or above is obese.

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