US troops seek body fat removal to help meet new standards

American servicemen are increasingly undergoing Liposuction to help them meet strict new rules on their body fat levels. This was revealed by a Rockville, Maryland cosmetic surgeon, whose comments were reported by news agency Associated Press. Dr Adam Tattelbaum said: "They come in panicked about being kicked out or getting a demerit that will hurt their chances at a promotion." But fitness experts are calling for the standards to be changed, and claim that the weight formula used is outdated, and doesn't reflect the fact that, while Americans are getting bigger, they aren't necessarily less healthy. The alternative facing soldiers who fail the tests is being put on a rigorous exercise and nutrition programme. Nevertheless, figures quoted by the AP report show that the US Army last year more than 10 times more soldiers for being overweight than it did in 2008. Another surgeon, Dr Michael Pasquale, who practises in Honolulu, Hawaii, said the number of military personnel who sought his help had risen by 30 per cent since 2011.