The Work Organization of Long-Haul Truck Drivers and the Association With Body Mass Index

Objective: The aim of this study was to examine relationships between work organization features of work hours, work schedules, and job stress with body mass indexes (BMIs) of long-haul truck drivers.
Methods: Face-to-face survey data were collected first, followed by collection of anthropometric measures including height and weight (n?=?260). Logistic regression (backward stepwise model) was used to identify significant predictors of BMI and to analyze odds ratios.
Results: Mean BMI was 33.40?kg/m2, with 64.2% obese (BMI > 30?kg/m2) and 18.4% extreme/morbidly obese (BMI > 40?kg/m2). Working more than 11 daily hours was associated with statistically significant increased odds for being extreme obese.
Conclusion: Findings suggest that longer work hours (>11?hours daily) have a major influence on odds for obesity among this population. The results align with recent NIOSH calls for integrated approaches to worker health.

Source: Hege, Adam; Apostolopoulos, Yorghos; Perko, Mike; Sönmez, Sevil; Strack, Robert. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: July 2016, Volume 58, Issue 7, p. 712-717.

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