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Carolyn Magner

Tell us something we don’t know!

| January 23, 2014

A letter came in following recent news…

Dear Carolyn,
While you have been gifting us with Overdrive’s Most Beautiful women and Overdrive’s Most Loved Pets, we have been getting FATTER. Thanks a lot. Do your job already. –Big Mack

Dear Big-un,
Are you referring to the new study saying truck drivers are at the top of the occupation list with the highest obesity rates? And that 39 percent of truckers in Washington state are obese?: 

Researchers looked at the occupational groups with the highest obesity rates and found truckers and transportation and material moving workers at the top of the list, followed by those in protective services, cleaning services and health services.

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Truckers rank most likely to be obese in occupational survey

Washington researchers have found obesity rates vary significantly by occupation, with truckers having the highest prevalence at 39 percent. Similar studies have found obesity rates among truckers even higher than that.

The study, “Obesity Prevalence by Occupation in Washington State, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System,” was published in the January issue of journal Preventing Chronic Disease. They asked 38,000 workers in Washington State about their smoking habits, fruit and vegetable intake and the physical demands of their job and then analyzed their body-mass index measurements. They found that one-quarter of the group had a BMI of 30 or over and truckers led the prevalence list.

So, this is my fault how? Oh yes. You want me to start nagging you about making better food choices and taking walks around the truck stop?

Consider it done.

I’m just say’n,
Carolyn

  • Papabear

    Carolyn,
    I used to drive OTR a while back, then came off the road and am now driving a desk at a warehouse. I gained a lot of weight when that happened because I didn’t adjust my lifestyle to compensate for the additional inactivity associated with the new job. I weighed about 65 more pounds than I did when I was driving and about 100 more than I weighed in the military 30 years ago.
    I finally decided about a year and a half ago that I wanted to be in better health. Not for my loved ones, not for cheaper insurance, not for all the myriad reasons that people throw at you. I wanted to do it for me, so I could enjoy life more. No other reason than that. All the other things are just a side benefit.
    The main point here is that if someone out there wants to lose weight they can. But they have to want to do it enough to stick with it. I have lost 70 pounds since then and plan on losing the next 30 over the next several months. There are no easy ways to lose weight. It all boils down to wanting to do it enough to stick with it.