Behind the Cover: Liposuction, starvation, laxatives and the Corps

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This week’s Marine Corps Times cover story focuses on a part of life that keeps some Marines up at night: Facing “the tape.”

Diving into a new study conducted by Marine officers, the story focuses on the extreme measures that some Marines go to meet the service’s tough body composition and military appearance standards — up to and including liposuction. Yes, we have someone on the record sharing his experience with the procedure, and others who say they’ve considered it.

The story also hits on some on how dangerous some of the methods used by Marines to stay trim are, such as starvation using laxatives.

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I’m a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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