Which Jobs for Worse Health?
A recent study looked at seven measures of heart health in 66,000 workers in 22 different occupations from across the United States. Researchers used the following metrics to assess heart heath: whether the worker is a smoker; is physically active; has normal blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol; maintains a normal weight, and eats a healthy diet.
Overall, about 3.5% of workers met all seven of the criteria, indicating a low risk for heart disease and 9.6% met two or fewer, indicating a high risk. The percentages of workers meeting two or fewer criteria for a health heart in the community and social field, as well as the transportation field were higher than average—more than 14%.
Occupations that had the lowest percentage of workers meeting two or fewer criteria included farming, forestry, and fish and wildlife, as well as design, arts and entertainment, sports, and the media. Researchers also looked at heart healthy metrics separately in the study, which used data from the CDC's 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey.
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