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Correlates of body mass index in hazardous materials firefighters.

Authors
Kales-SN; Polyhronopoulos-GN; Aldrich-JM; Leitao-EO; Christiani-DC
Source
J Occup Environ Med 1999 Jul; 41(7):589-595
NIOSHTIC No.
20030048
Abstract
We analyzed results from the medical examinations of 340 hazardous materials (HAZMAT) firefighters and observed the relationships between selected parameters and body mass index (BMI). Heights and weights were available for 98% of the subjects (333 of 340). The mean BMI was 28.9 +/- 4.1 kg/m2. Eighty-seven percent (290 of 333) of subjects were overweight (BMI > or = 25) and 34% (113 of 333) were obese (BMI > or = 30). Two percent (7 of 333) were morbidly obese (BMI > or = 39). For comparison purposes, we divided subjects into low (BMI < 27), medium (BMI 27 to < 30), and high (BMI > or = 30) BMI groups. The results demonstrated adverse associations between increasing BMI and resting blood pressures, forced vital capacity, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, serum cholesterol, and overall morbidity scores. The high prevalence of overweight and obesity and the associated adverse health effects support the development and implementation of fitness-promotion programs for firefighters.
Keywords
Emergency-responders; Emergency-response; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Fire-safety; Medical-screening; Medical-examinations; Medical-monitoring; Blood-pressure; Cholinesterase-inhibitors; Hazardous-materials; Spirometry; Age-factors; Respiratory-function-tests; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function-tests; Pulmonary-function; Heart; Weight-factors; Weight-measurement
Contact
Stefanos N. Kales, MD, MPH, Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Cambridge Hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
19990701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
stefokali@aol.com
Funding Amount
150000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000156
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Occupational Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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