August 3, 2014

Higher Than the Civilian Rate

1 7 in 10 Firefighters Overweight or Obese

If any single occupation requires physical fitness, it is that of firefighter, but a new study from the CDC has found that a striking 70 percent of US firefighters are overweight or obese, a higher percentage than in the population at large. As a result, nearly half of the deaths of firefighters while on duty involve heart attack or stroke, and obesity is increasingly linked to job-related disabilities. Although it would seem that the physical exertion involved with their job would keep them trim, the chaotic nature of that job also means their diet is often dominated by fast food eaten on the go and by frequently disrupted sleep, both serious obesity contributors. And since some 71 percent of American fire departments are all-volunteer, fitness rules are rarely enforceable.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: 9/11 Firefighters Face Increased Cancer Risk

Tags: Firefighters and Health, Overweight Firefighters, First Responders Health Hazards, Firefighters and Obesity

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