INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
2101 CONSTITUTION AVENUE, N.W. WASHINGTON, DC 20418
FOOD AND NUTRITION BOARD
COMMITTEE ON BODY COMPOSITION, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH OF MILITARY WOMEN
(202) 334-1737 FAX (202) 334-2316
June 9, 1997
The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine has a contract with the U.S. Army to provide a set of recommendations regarding the following: body weight standards for active-duty military women, physical fitness standards for military women, and policies regarding weight loss and resumption of physical fitness testing after pregnancy. In formulating these recommendations, we are trying to compile a representative sample of comparable standards for women in other physically-active types of uniformed service such as police forces, firefighting services, emergency medical service, Secret Service, forestry service, and overseas military organizations. We would be extremely grateful if you would be willing to share information with us regarding whether your service maintains any of the types of standards or enforces any of the types of policies described. If you represent a number of services, please consider the range of policies you have observed.
Specifically, we would like you to consider the following questions:
I. Weight/Height Standards
Does you service require applicants or those currently employed to adhere to weight/height requirements or other body composition requirements?
If so, what are they? Are they age-specific? gender-specific?
If you know of a source or reference for your standards, what is it? Is your policy a written (formal) one?
If you measure body composition (body fat) in a way other than by weight and height (body mass index), what method do you use? Who does that measurement? (a fitness specialist? nurse? other?)
How often are current employees required to be weighed or measured?
If an employee is found to be over the standard for weight or fat, what is the procedure? (formal program? informal program? nutrition counseling? how long before reweighing? consequences?)
Does your service provide a nutrition education program of any type?