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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2020|
- weight management
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health