Taiwan lawmaker: Generals overweight, suffering from related problems
Asia News Network
TAIPEI — A Taiwanese lawmaker recently called on military generals to take better care of themselves after a health survey conducted among 300 generals found that many of them suffer from obesity-related diseases.
According to a survey released by the military's Medical Affairs Bureau (MAB), many of the 300 Taiwanese generals were found to suffer from disorders connected to obesity, said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Hsueh Ling.
The top three obesity-related health problems found among senior military personnel in Taiwan were: high Body Mass Index (BMI); high blood cholesterol, or hyperlipidemia; and high levels of uric acid in the blood, or hyperuricemia, which is the underlying cause of gout, Hsueh said.
The fourth most frequent health problem among generals was gastroesophageal reflux disease, a common condition found in overweight people, she said, citing the survey.
Hsueh said all of these health problems are related to an obesity issue that is frequently found among ROC generals, who are mostly in their 50s or 60s.
The DPP lawmaker said the military has encouraged all personnel to engage in physical activities, including road runs, swimming and triathlons in order to improve their physical conditions.
However, it is ironic that military generals, who are supposed to be the role models for soldiers, all failed to keep in good shape.
She called on the defense ministry to look into the reasons for the obesity problem among generals and proposed measures to address the issue of obesity, which could lead to many serious health problems.
Asked to comment, government spokesman Luo Shou-he said obesity-related health problems found among generals are common conditions many Taiwanese suffer from in their 50s and 60s.
These health problems could also be the result of generals' long working hours and heavy workloads, he said.
The ministry will remind all generals to take better care of their health condition and to engage in regular exercise, Luo said.