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The US soldiers often call Dr. Adam Tattelbaum, a plastic surgeon, in a panic. They need liposuction, and fast.
Fitness expert Jordan Moon said there is no reliable, economical way to measure body fat, and troops should be judged more by physical performance so they're not feeling forced to go to such lengths to save their careers.
"We're sending people away who could be amazing soldiers just because of two pieces of tape," said Moon, who has a doctorate in exercise physiology and has studied the accuracy of body fat measurements.
"Ninety per cent of athletes who play in the NFL are going to fail the tape test because it's made for a normal population, not big guys," he added.
Obesity rates in the U.S. have started to stall in recent years, but the fastest growing percentage of obese children are those at the heaviest end of the spectrum, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Prof Cyrus Cooper, from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, added: "This work should help us to design interventions aimed at optimising body composition in childhood and later adulthood and thus improve the health of future generations."
Known in the medical community by it's more official-sounding name "muscle dysmorphia," bigorexia is little known condition through which guys feel a compulsive need to bulk up—and it affects a whopping 45 percent of men, according to an official ...
As a mother of two boys Josefa Pete is aware of some of the parenting challenges that lie ahead but she always thought she would be immune to this one until her four-year-old son asked her this question.