Some troops are turning to liposuction to remove the fat from their middle so they can pass the body fat test issued by the Pentagon. According to Philly.com on Oct. 28, this desperate attempt by the troops to use liposuction is only because the passing of this body fat test can determine if the military is in their future!
A San Diego plastic surgeon, Dr. Adam Tattelbaum, claims troops will call him in a panic. They need liposuction and they need it like yesterday. This body fat test that is issued by the Pentagon uses the measurements from the neck and waist as a tool for prospective military placements.
Dr. Tattelbaum said:
“They come in panicked about being kicked out or getting a demerit that will hurt their chances at a promotion.”
Some of the military troops Tattelbaum has seen say that the Pentagon’s body fat measuring strategy doesn’t just weed out the flabby type of fat, but “the bulkier muscular builds too,” according to the Doctor. Fitness experts agree that the Pentagon is using weight tables that are outdated and that don’t have room for the bulked up and bigger American’s today.
Defense officials convey that the test is important to make sure that the troops are ready for the strenuous combat scenarios. The officials don’t condone the liposuction, but on the other hand they say it is not banned in the military. This is probably another example of what they don’t know won’t hurt them type of deal.
Today most of the civilized world uses the body mass index to determine the body fat of a person, but the Pentagon doesn’t use this method. They use the antiquated first generation version which is outdated, but apparently carries enough weight to get you tossed out of the military. Until they step up to the modern methods for measuring body fat, liposuction sounds like it is the only line of defensive for some to pass this much feared test!