Monday, September 14, 2020

Eighty-three percent of firefighters are obese

This year’s Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine was a “virtual” one due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Research results were presented online via “Poster Sessions” available for viewing through web browsers. More papers than ever focused on firefighters. I’m going to synthesize the research on my Blog, one study at a time.

From Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, Dr. Brandy Phipps and Dr. Kathy Carter conducted a study of a cohort of firefighters working in a low-income community.

It’s an established fact that cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the fire service. In this study of 127 firefighters, 83% were obese and at risk for heart disease as evidenced by their blood lipid profiles.

Only 33% of the sample regularly exercised at the suggested minimum frequency of 3-5 times per week. Dietary habits suggest that consumption of fruits and vegetables did not meet dietary recommendations for a healthy diet.

These data may not be representative of your department, but we have a long way to go to change behaviors in the fire service.

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