11 Jan '18, 11pm

Recruits from 10 southern states less likely to be fit, study finds

Obesity and lack of physical fitness in 10 Southern states present a difficulty for the Army in finding recruits there, and pose a risk to national security, according to a new study. The Army recruits a large portion of its soldiers from the South, but they aren’t as fit as recruits from other regions, says the study led by researchers at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina. Obesity and lack of physical fitness in the South are a threat to “military readiness and national security,” researchers said in the study, which was released Wednesday and published in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. Many states in the southern U.S. are already recognized for their disproportionate burden on public health due to high rates of obesity, physical inactivity and chronic disease, according to researchers. Recruits from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/news/2018/01/11/recruits-from-1...

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