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80 Police Overweight, FBI Says, So Some Departments Are Working On It

By    |   Friday, 15 Aug 2014 07:05 PM

Eighty percent of police officers are overweight, according to 2005 research from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and at least one Texas police department is taking on the challenge of getting their officers more physically fit.

The Garland Police Department, which told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth they don’t have such high numbers of overweight officers as reported in the FBI data, tries to create a culture of fitness.

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“I think it’s important for all of us to keep the weight down and stay in shape — especially this job. The stress that we incur at this job ... this is a great way to relieve the stress and to keep the blood pressure down,” Garland Assistant Chief Jeff Bryan told CBS.

Additional research has said law enforcement officers are 25 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease related to weight than from criminal actions on the job, CBS said.

The incidence of overweight officers has been reported in several studies, with findings in the Police Chief Magazine in 2008 that law officers suffer from higher rates of cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and suicide than the general public.

“When you’re in a life or death struggle, you’ve got to win that fight,” Bryan told CBS about the how important it is for law enforcement to stay fit.

Garland spokesperson Joe Harn told CBS that an individual who had a full career in law enforcement had an average age of dying at 60 years old.

“So what we found out is if we’re going to improve and overcome that stress, we’ve got to stay in shape, we’ve got to control our weight if we want to live longer,” Harn said.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is also beginning a 10-week weight loss challenge, Newschannel 3 reported.

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