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The effect of rising obesity on eligibility to serve in the U.S. public health service commissioned corps

Johanna Maclean and John Cawley ()

Economics & Human Biology, 2014, vol. 15, issue C, 213-224

Abstract: This study investigates how rising obesity has affected eligibility to serve in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC), the uniformed service charged with protecting and promoting public health in the U.S. Data are drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Between 1959 and 2010, the percentage of eligible civilians who exceed the weight-for-height and body fat standards of the PHSCC rose from 9.05% to 18.24% among men, and from 6.13% to 23.10% among women. Simulations indicate that a further 1% increase in population body weight will result in an additional 3.42% of men and 5.08% of women exceeding PHSCC accession standards.

Keywords: Obesity; Health promotion; Public health work force (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2013.12.007

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