The following manuscript – the result of collaboration between CSE staff and consultants with University of California Irvine – was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine “early view” on Jan 17, 2013.
Exploring occupational and health behavioral causes of firefighter obesity: A qualitative study
Marnie Dobson, Ph.D.1,2
BongKyoo Choi, Sc.D., MPH1
Peter L. Schnall, M.D., MPH 1,2
Erin Wigger, BA 2
Javier Garcia, MA 1
Leslie Israel, DO1
Dean Baker, MD1
Correspondence concerning this article should be directed to: Marnie Dobson or BongKyoo Choi, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California Irvine, 5201 California Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, 92617, USA, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Background: Firefighters, as an occupational group, have one of the highest prevalence rates of obesity. A qualitative study investigated occupational and health behavioral determinants of obesity among firefighters.
Methods: Four focus groups were conducted with firefighters of every rank as Phase I of the FORWARD study which was designed to assess health behavioral and occupa- tional characteristics related to obesity in firefighters.
Results: Analysis revealed five main themes of central importance to firefighters: (1) fire station eating culture; (2) night calls and sleep interruption; (3) supervisor leadership and physical fitness; (4) sedentary work; and (5) age and generational influences.
Conclusion: The results showed a strong interrelationship between occupational and health behavioral causes of obesity in firefighters. The relevance of these qualitative findings are discussed along with the implications for future obesity interventions with firefighters. Am. J. Ind. Med. ” 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
KEY WORDS: obesity; firefighters; qualitative research; occupational health; health behaviors
The full article can be downloaded here.