Report looks at the consequences of widespread obesity among firefighters
The rate of firefighter obesity outpaces the national average with about 73% to 88% cases in the fire service, so found a National Volunteer Fire Council and U.S. Fire Administration–funded obesity report. HOPE Health Research Institute conducted the report on behalf of the NFVC and USFA to document the causes of obesity in the fire service and provide action steps to reverse the potentially life-threatening trend.
The report, “Addressing the Epidemic of Obesity in the United States Fire Service,” examined the impact of obesity in the fire service and why it has become an epidemic. Researchers also provided nutritional and fitness recommendations, so firefighters can combat obesity and increase fitness, said Kenn Fontenot, NVFC’s health and safety committee chair.
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