Date of Award
Master of Science in Cost Analysis
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Edward D. White, PhD
Air Force members are to be tested for fitness by measuring their abdominal circumference, counting the number of sit-ups and push-ups they can accomplish, and the time it takes them to run 1 and miles. The abdominal measurement is a "one-size-fits-all" fitness standard. This research determines that a person's waist-to-height ratio is a better measurement than the waist measurement to estimate an individual's fitness level. This research estimates that all of the variables used to proxy fitness (Gender, Age, Height, Waist Circumference, Waist-to-Height Ratio, Push-Ups, and Sit-Ups) are statistically significant and do represent good estimators of physical fitness. This research also determines that there is a need for separate gender scoring charts for the 1 and mile run, but that these charts do not need to take age into consideration. This research builds on the current Air Force fitness program by offering a new waist-to-height ratio scoring system. Both males and females can now be scored on one waist-to-height ratio chart. Finally, this research estimates how well the separate age and gender charts adjust raw fitness scores into points. The results suggest that the charts do adequately adjust a member's raw fitness score into fitness points.
DTIC Accession Number
Swiderski, Steven J., "Fit-To-Fight: Waist vs. Waist/Height Measurements to Determine an Individual's Fitness Level a Study in Statistical Regression and Analysis" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 3728.