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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jamie A. Cooper, MS (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive overview of strategies for effective weight loss and weight management in the U.S. military. Military standards for fitness, weight, and body composition as well as factors that influence body weight are also addressed.
Purpose: The purposes are threefold: to assess existing data on the components of an effective weight management program; to examine what role age, gender, and ethnicity play in effective weight management; and finally to evaluate current Department of Defense (DOD) weight management strategies and provide insight for more effective weight management methods.
Audience: This book is written as a request from the Director of Military Operational Medicine Research at USAMRMC and is intended to target all military personnel, particularly those who have the ability to provide proper nutrition and exercise education. The book provides the basics in nutrition, physical activity, and health to those who may be trained in one, but not all areas. The depth of subject matter in any one area, however, is average. The authors are the national experts in nutrition, physical activity, health, and obesity. Together they constitute the leading authority on prevention and treatment of obesity.
Features: This book centers on the issues of weight loss and weight management in the military. The authors express the need for making lifestyle changes in both physical activity and nutrition and provide recommendations to several specific military questions. Nutrition and physical activity concerns, issues, or problems that could arise due to the nature of a specific military environment are also addressed, which makes the information very applicable.
Assessment: This book provides a very comprehensive and thorough overview of strategies and suggestions for weight loss and weight maintenance in the military. It should aid the DOD in creating more successful weight loss and weight management programs for military personnel and provide them with the education they need to make life-long changes in their eating and exercise patterns.