I am always interested in statistics like these.

It turns out that police officers have the highest rate of obesity across all professions in the U.S., along with firefighters and security guards,  according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

How do other jobs compare?

  • Cops, firefighters and security guards together have an obesity rate of 40.7 –

According to Police Chief Magazine.org In the law enforcement field, fitness also has a direct impact on job performance. Based on job descriptions from agencies across the country, a core list of physical tasks required to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer were identified. The critical tasks—those tasks where poor performance could put officers or the public in jeopardy—were identified as running, climbing, jumping, lifting/carrying, dragging, pushing, and use of force.

Physical fitness can also protect officers from becoming victims. In the numerous offender interviews conducted by the FBI over the course of the past 10 years, it was learned that offenders typically size up their victims when deciding what they are going to do. Many had difficulty identifying a particular trait or mannerism that made them pick or not pick a particular officer, but they did articulate that the deciding factor was whether or not they felt they could “take them.” If officers appeared fit and conducted themselves in a professional manner, offenders hesitated; however, when officers were perceived as potential targets, offenders capitalized on the situation. Officers need to be cognizant of the image they convey and recognize that their appearance and demeanor in uniform is a primary factor in how others will perceive them.

How many of you ladies agree with me that there is nothing as good looking as a man in uniform that is physically fit!

  • Social workers, clergy, counselors: 35.6
  • Home health care aides, massage therapists: 35.8
  • Architects, engineers: 34.1
  • Bus drivers, truckers, crane operators, garbage, collectors: 32.8
  • Janitors, maids, landscapers: 23.5
  • Cooks, bartenders, food servers: 23.1
  • Physicians, dentists, EMTs, nurses: 22.0

According to ABCnews.com Researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing found that 55 percent of the 2,103 female nurses they surveyed were obese, citing job stress and the effect on sleep of long, irregular work hours as the cause.

The study, which measured obesity using estimates of body mass index, found that nursing schedules affected not only the health of the nurses but the quality of patient care.

“Health care professionals are often involved in providing advice or care to patients that relates to things that aren’t totally under control in their own lives. It’s not uniform for health care professionals to eat well or avoid tobacco,” said Dr. David Katz, the director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center.

“Before we were health professionals, we were real people. Just because we became health professionals doesn’t mean we stopped being members of regular society with all the problems that go along with it. It illustrates that knowledge alone isn’t always enough to produce behavioral changes,” said Ayoob.

  • Artists, actors, athletes, reporters: 20.1
  • Economists, scientists, and psychologists: 14.2

The nurses statistic doesn’t surprise me at all. In fact I thought it would be a little higher. More than 50% of the nurses I have encountered are very heavy.

A couple of years ago I went back to see my parents because my dad was having a quadruple bypass. 90% of all the nurses at the hospital were not just over weight, they were huge!

When I hit my goal weight three years ago, I had a nurse tell me that I looked anorexic and that she was trained to identify these things. I hit the ceiling!!! I thought it is too bad that she couldn’t identify what fitness and athlete status looked like because I was really wearing it well. She also couldn’t identify what obesity is because she would know it if she looked at herself in the mirror.

Woo Hoo! Can you feel my blood boil when I talk about that? I can! I think I need to go jog around the block and work that frustration off.