Barriers to Weight Management among Overweight and Obese Firefighters

Carolyn M. Muegge, Terrell W. Zollinger, Yiqing Song, Jennifer Wessel, Patrick O. Monahan, Steven M. Moffatt

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Objective:To examine barriers to weight management among firefighters.Methods:Health risk data collected on 2373 overweight firefighters were used for this cross-sectional study. Barriers to weight management were the dependent variables and demographic characteristics, readiness for change, and health risk factors were the correlates in the multivariate-adjusted logistic models.Results:Overweight firefighters who were ready to begin a weight management program were more likely to identify "lack of knowledge about weight management," "lack of access to exercise opportunities," and "eating helps me cope with stress" and report a greater number of barriers toward weight management. Older firefighters were less likely to identify or report one or more barriers to weight management.Conclusion:Understanding barriers, readiness for change, and age may be useful in planning interventions to help firefighters better manage their weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • barriers
  • epidemiology
  • firefighters
  • weight management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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