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Am J Ind Med. 2014 Jun;57(6):615-26. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22293. Epub 2014 Jan 4.

Obesity and other risk factors: the national survey of U.S. long-haul truck driver health and injury.

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Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Drivers of heavy and tractor-trailer trucks accounted for 56% of all production and nonsupervisory employees in the truck transportation industry in 2011. There are limited data for illness and injury in long-haul truck drivers, which prompted a targeted national survey.

METHODS:

Interviewers collected data during 2010 from 1,670 long-haul truck drivers at 32 truck stops across the 48 contiguous United States that were used to compute prevalence estimates for self-reported health conditions and risk factors.

RESULTS:

Obesity (69% vs. 31%, Pā€‰<ā€‰0.01) and current smoking (51% vs. 19%, Pā€‰<ā€‰0.01) were twice as prevalent in long-haul truck drivers as in the 2010 U.S. adult working population. Sixty-one percent reported having two or more of the risk factors: hypertension, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, no physical activity, 6 or fewer hours of sleep per 24-hr period.

CONCLUSION:

Survey findings suggest a need for targeted interventions and continued surveillance for long-haul truck drivers.

KEYWORDS:

health; intervention; risk factor; surveillance; survey; truck driver; work practices

PMID:
24390804
PMCID:
PMC4511102
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.22293
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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