New research in the journal Obesity claims over 75% of emergency responders, i.e. fireman, and ambulance drivers, are overweight or obese. A far cry from the superior fitness levels traditionally associated with these types of jobs. Scientists reviewed pre-placement medical examinations of recruits from Massachusetts between October 2004 and June 2007 and found among the 370 recruits 43.8% were overweight, 33% were obese and only 22% were of normal weight, with 42 percent of obese recruits failing to complete recommended national exercise thresholds; Science Daily investigates.
Distressing news, but not hard to fathom, look at the pool we’re drawing from. The whole country is fat. What can you expect! Even are combat soldiers are ballooning up. In February a report by United States Defense Department revealed the number of U.S. troops in Iraq has doubled since the war started in 2003. Apparently MREs no include Krispy Kreme and Cheez Whiz.
In related news, obesity has been shown to reduce life expectancy equal to that of cigarette smoking, by as much as 10 years! And smoking and being overweight is a doubly whammy because a recent report linked excess abdominal fat with impaired lung function. Eek!
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