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Military personnel using lipo to pass body fat test

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(WFLX) - Doctors say a number of military personnel are turning to liposuction to remove excess fat from around the waist, so they can pass the Pentagon's body fat test.

According to reports, some service members say, they have no other choice because the defense department's method of estimating body fat is weeding out not just flabby physiques but bulkier, muscular builds.

A number of fitness experts and doctors agree, and they're calling for the military's fitness standards to be revamped.

The following chart shows the maximum allowabled body fat percentage (Source

Age Male Female
17-20 20% 30%
21-27 22% 32%
28-39 24% 34%
40+ 26% 36%


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