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New report says a staggering amount of U.S. military troops are overweight and exhausted

A new report says that an overwhelming amount of U.S. troops are overweight and tired. (YURI DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images)

A 2018 RAND report has revealed unsettling facts about the state of the men and women in the U.S. military, according to the Military Times.

The Department of Defense has issued the RAND report for 30 years to test the condition of the U.S. service members and the branches at large.

What's in the report?

The outlet reported that the study, which focused on health promotion and disease prevention, reflected concerning trends regarding the physical fitness and various sleep patterns of individual military members.

The study, which featured about 18,000 randomly selected service members spanning across all branches, revealed that nearly two-thirds of the U.S. troops surveyed were considered to be either overweight or obese based on the BMI scale.

The report also states that about one-third of U.S. adults are considered too overweight to enlist — which is rather concerning when you do the math.

The report breaks down the numbers by branch of service, with the Army having the highest percentage of overweight service members.

The survey reported that 69.4 percent of service members in the Army were overweight. The Coast Guard followed closely behind, with 67.8 percent of its service members considered overweight. The Navy came next at 64.6 percent, the Air Force at 63.1 percent, and the Marine Corps came in last at 60.9 percent.

What else?

The study also reported that sleeping patterns were also a problem for service members in the various branches.

According to the study, 9 percent of service members regularly rely on taking sleep medications to get a good night's rest.

About 11 percent more relied on sleep aides, and it isn't any wonder why: 59.4 percent of service members reported being able to sleep less than what was needed, and 33.2 percent of that number said that a resulting lack of energy disrupted their daily lives.

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