Military Body Fat Test Draws Criticism

SAN DIEGO (October 28, 2013) A number of military personnel are turning to liposuction to remove excess fat from around their waists so they can pass the Pentagon's body fat test, doctors say.

Some service members say they have no other choice because the Defense Department's method of estimating body fat is weeding out not only flabby physiques, but also bulkier, muscular builds.

A number of fitness experts and doctors agree, and they're calling on the Pentagon to revamp the fitness standards.

Defense officials say only a small fraction of those who exceed body fat limits perform well on physical fitness tests.

The checks are designed to ensure troops are ready for the rigors of combat.

Pentagon officials say the military doesn't condone surgically altering one's body to pass the test, though liposuction isn't prohibited.


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