Obesity in Truck Drivers – How can we get healthier??

According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 70% commercial drivers are suffering from obesity.

Obesity, in turn, leads to numerous other health-related problems, including sleep apnea, diabetes, fatigue, and high blood pressure. Life on the road makes it difficult for commercial drivers to eat healthily and take care of themselves, but it is something that can’t be ignored for long.

Commercial driving is one of the toughest jobs, and drivers are more prone to health-related issues than people in other occupations. According to a survey by FMCSA, truck drivers are 2x more likely to suffer from obesity than the average working adult in America. Moreover, 14% of truck drivers have self-reported diabetes, and 38% of them are not covered by any health care insurance.

It’s a dangerous situation to be in.

The long hours spent on the road often lead to several health problems, such as:

Obesity
Type-2 diabetes
Musculoskeletal injuries
Extreme fatigue
Depression

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