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Work, obesity, and occupational safety and health.
Schulte PA; Wagner GR; Ostry A; Blanciforti LA; Cutlip RG; Krajnak KM; Luster M; Munson AE; O'Callaghan JP; Parks CG; Simeonova PP; Miller DB
Am J Public Health 2007 Mar; 97(3):428-436
There is increasing evidence that obesity and overweight may be related, in part, to adverse work conditions. In particular, the risk of obesity may increase in high-demand, low-control work environments, and for those who work long hours. In addition, obesity may modify the risk for vibration-induced injury and certain occupational musculoskeletal disorders. We hypothesized that obesity may also be a co-risk factor for the development of occupational asthma and cardiovascular disease that and it may modify the worker's response to occupational stress, immune response to chemical exposures, and risk of disease from occupational neurotoxins. We developed 5 conceptual models of the interrelationship of work, obesity, and occupational safety and health and highlighted the ethical, legal, and social issues related to fuller consideration of obesity's role in occupational health and safety.
Weight-factors; Vibration-disease; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Psychological-stress; Bronchial-asthma; Immune-system-disorders
Paul A. Schulte, Education and Information Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Issue of Publication
EID; OD; HELD
American Journal of Public Health
OH; DC; WV
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division