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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).
Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has labelled as "old school" the use of poor skin-fold tests as a factor in Collingwood defender Heath Shaw’s absence from the Magpies’ 47-point loss against Sydney last Friday.
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.
While the decision of the American Medical Association (AMA) to classify obesity as a disease is great news for the pharmaceutical industry, as it is likely to increase pressure on the Food and Drug Administration to approve more weight-loss drugs...