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Exploring occupational and health behavioral causes of firefighter obesity: a qualitative study.

Authors
Dobson-M; Choi-B; Schnall-PL; Wigger-E; Garcia-Rivas-J; Israel-L; Baker-DB
Source
Am J Ind Med 2013 Jul; 56(7):776-790
NIOSHTIC No.
20042982
Abstract
Background: Firefighters, as an occupational group, have one of the highest prevalence rates of obesity. A qualitative study investigated occupational and health behavioral determinants of obesity among firefighters. Methods: Four focus groups were conducted with firefighters of every rank as Phase I of the FORWARD study which was designed to assess health behavioral and occupational characteristics related to obesity in firefighters. Results: Analysis revealed five main themes of central importance to firefighters: (1) fire station eating culture; (2) night calls and sleep interruption; (3) supervisor leadership and physical fitness; (4) sedentary work; and (5) age and generational influences. Conclusion: The results showed a strong interrelationship between occupational and health behavioral causes of obesity in firefighters. The relevance of these qualitative findings are discussed along with the implications for future obesity interventions with firefighters.
Keywords
Fire-fighters; Weight-factors; Weight-measurement; Qualitative-analysis; Worker-health; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Group-behavior; Group-dynamics; Diet; Nutrition; Food; Work-environment; Shift-work; Sleep-deprivation; Supervisory-personnel; Physical-fitness; Age-factors; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Body-weight; Author Keywords: obesity; firefighters; qualitative research; occupational health; health behaviors
Contact
Dr. Marnie Dobson, PhD and Dr. BongKyoo Choi, ScD, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California Irvine, 5201 California Avenue, Suite100, Irvine, CA 92617
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20130701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mdobson@uci.edu; b.choi@uci.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R21-OH-009911; B20130805; M082013
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Irvine
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