Accession Number : ADA589523


Title :   Obesity: A Strategic and Leadership Challenge for the Chilean Army


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Irribarra Flores, Jean P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589523.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 48


Abstract : Obesity has been declared a pandemic of the 21st Century. However, this pandemic is not spread by viruses or bacteria; it appears directly related to cultural changes in lifestyle, physical activity, and nutrition that continue around the world. It affects both individuals and society, directly impacting and affecting the psychological and physical health of a nation while producing a tremendous economic burden as increasing numbers of citizens become overweight or obese. The end result is that fewer members of society are fit enough to serve in the military, and the nation incurs increased healthcare costs. While obesity is a complex problem, given its global reach, it requires global action. Every nation must understand and confront this threat to the community of nations within an interconnected world. The Chilean society and military are closely linked in preserving both national military readiness and the health of the nation. Chilean military leaders can provide a model to assist Chilean society in confronting this threat with thoughtful, realistic strategies.


Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL , *BODY WEIGHT , *CHILE , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *OBESITY , *POLICIES , COMBAT READINESS , INTERVENTION , LEADERSHIP , MENTAL HEALTH , NUTRITION , OPERATIONAL READINESS , PHYSICAL FITNESS , PUBLIC HEALTH , STRATEGY , WEIGHT REDUCTION


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE