Unfit for Service: The Implications of Rising Obesity for U.S. Military Recruitment

  title={Unfit for Service: The Implications of Rising Obesity for U.S. Military Recruitment},
  author={John Cawley and J. Maclean},
  journal={Health Economics eJournal},
  • John Cawley, J. Maclean
  • Published 2012
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Health Economics eJournal
  • This paper contributes to the literature on the labor market consequences of unhealthy behaviors and poor health by examining a previously underappreciated consequence of the rise in obesity in the USA: challenges for military recruitment. Specifically, this paper estimates the percentage of the US military-age population that exceeds the US Army's current active duty enlistment standards for weight-for-height and percent body fat, using data from the series of National Health and Nutrition… CONTINUE READING
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