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Curr Obes Rep. 2017 Jun;6(2):155-162. doi: 10.1007/s13679-017-0258-7.

Obesity Prevention in the Military.

Author information

1
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02111, USA. Marissa.Shams_White@tufts.edu.
2
Consortium for Health and Military Performance, A DoD Center of Excellence, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD, 20814, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

The objective was to review prevention efforts and approaches attempting to limit the problem of obesity in the military.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Various individual-level initiatives have emerged, including programs promoting healthy cooking, meal planning, and other behavior changes among service members. Importantly, the military is attempting to tackle environmental factors contributing to the rise of obesity, by focusing on many recent environmental-level interventions and initiatives to improve military dining facilities and examine and modify other aspects of installations' built environments. Although published research within the military setting directed towards obesity prevention is limited, many innovative programs have been launched and need to be followed forward. The review of past and ongoing efforts can be an important step in identifying specific areas needing improvement, gaps that should be considered, lessons learned, and characteristics of successful programs that should be disseminated as best practices and further expanded.

KEYWORDS:

Body weight; Diet; Environmental; Go For Green; Military populations; Teaching Kitchens

PMID:
28466413
DOI:
10.1007/s13679-017-0258-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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