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FBI Says That 80% Of Police Officers Are Overweight John Vibes August 16, 2014 0 Comments
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According to new statistics released by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, 8 out of every 10 police officers in America are overweight. The new study highlights a widespread problem in police departments across the country. According to some researchers, law enforcement officers are actually 25 times more likely to die from weight related cardiovascular disease than on duty injuries.
However, some police departments are denying that this is as much of an epidemic as the FBI report suggests, although they still admit that there is a serious problem.
“Do we have some that are overweight? Sure we do. But, not to that percentage. Somebody that did a full career in law enforcement? Average age was 60 — that’s when they died, 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,” Joe Harn, of the Garland Police Department in Texas told CBS News.