TITLE

Obesity and risk of job disability in male firefighters

AUTHOR(S)
Elpidoforos S. Soteriades; Russ Hauser; Ichiro Kawachi; David C. Christiani; Stefanos N. Kales
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Occupational Medicine;Jun2008, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p245
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background Obesity is a major public health problem and a workplace epidemic in Western societies. However, little is known about the association between obesity and job disability in specific occupational groups. Aim To examine the association between obesity and risk of job disability among firefighters. Methods A prospective cohort study design was employed in following 358 Massachusetts firefighters enrolled in a statewide medical surveillance program. We prospectively evaluated time to development of adverse employment outcomes >6 years of follow-up. Results In multivariable-adjusted Cox proportional hazard models, we found that every one-unit increase in body mass index (BMI) was associated with a 5% increased risk of job disability. Compared to firefighters in the lowest tertile of BMI (BMI Conclusions Obesity is associated with higher risk of job disability in firefighters. Additional research is needed to further explore our findings. Our study may have economic and public health implications in other occupational settings.
ACCESSION #
33048831

 

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