This brief is about weight change among veterans before, during, and after discharge from the military. In policy and practice, physicians should discuss strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain with veteran patients; the VA should better tailor its MOVE! weight management program to younger veterans. Suggestions for future research include looking at the reasons behind weight gain in discharged servicemembers, analyzing the strategies used by members of the Reserve/National Guard to limit weight gain, and using more samples of younger veterans to generalize results.
Littman, A. J., Jacobson, I. G., Boyko, E. J., Powell, T. M., Smith, T. C., & Millennium Cohort Study Team (2013). Weight change following US military service. International Journal of Obesity, 37(2), 244–253. https://doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2012.46
Medicine and Health Sciences | Military and Veterans Studies | Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
Mental health, Military deployment, Veterans, Mental illness, Weight gain, Research briefs
Deployment (Strategy); Mental health; Mental illness; Veterans; United States; Weight gain
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Weight Change Following U.S. Military Service"" (2013). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 274.
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