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dc.contributor.authorCawley, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.authorMaclean, Johanna Catherineen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-23T11:42:17Z-
dc.date.available2011-11-23T11:42:17Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-201107042718en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/52022-
dc.description.abstractThis 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 United States: challenges for military recruitment. Specifically, this paper estimates the percent of the U.S. military-age population that meets, and does not meet, current active duty enlistment standards for weight-for-height and percent body fat for the U.S. Army, using data from the series of National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys that spans 1959-2008. We calculate that the percentage of military-age adults ineligible for enlistment because they are overweight and overfat doubled for men and tripled for women during that time. We document disparities across race, education, and age in meeting the standards, and finds that a further rise of just 1% in weight and body fat would further reduce eligibility for military service by over 600,000 men and 1 million women of military age. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for military recruitment and military policy.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5822en_US
dc.subject.jelI1en_US
dc.subject.jelH56en_US
dc.subject.jelJ11en_US
dc.subject.jelJ18en_US
dc.subject.jelJ2en_US
dc.subject.jelJ45en_US
dc.subject.jelN32en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordobesityen_US
dc.subject.keywordmilitaryen_US
dc.subject.keywordlaboren_US
dc.titleUnfit for service: The implications of rising obesity for US military recruitmenten_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn669612189en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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