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Fattest US Jobs: Cop, Firefighter, Guard

Members of the "public safety" professional category have the highest rates of obesity in working America, based on data compiled by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The category, which is made up of police officers, firefighters, and security guards, has an obesity rate of 40.7 percent, according to a data analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Next on the high-obesity rankings are largely sedentary professions such as truck drivers and engineers, but also, somewhat unexpectedly, members of the clergy. At the low end of the obesity spectrum are scientists, economists and psychologists, at a 14.2 percent rate, despite their professions' modest activity demands. Also enjoying low-obesity rates are higher-energy professions: actors, athletes, and journalists.

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