The obesity epidemic and future emergency responders.

  title={The obesity epidemic and future emergency responders.},
  author={Antonios J Tsismenakis and Costas A. Christophi and John W Burress and Aaron M Kinney and Min Kim and Stefanos N. Kales},
  volume={17 8},
Emergency responders should be fit to safely perform strenuous duties. In particular, young recruits are expected to be at or near peak career fitness. We studied the prevalence and health associations of excess weight among 370 consecutive emergency responder candidates for fire and ambulance services in Massachusetts. The mean age and BMI of the recruits were 26.3 (3.8) years and 28.5 (4.9) kg/m(2), respectively. Seventy-seven percent had BMI >or=25 kg/m(2), and 33% were obese (BMI >or=30 kg… CONTINUE READING
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