Bus Operators' Body Weight Changes During Their First 2 Years of Work: A Retrospective Survey.
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Objective: To empirically assess retrospective reports of weight changes during bus operators’ first years on the job, and to investigate experienced and desired training topics for new operators.
Methods: Bus operators (n = 261) completed an online survey on topics of early weight changes and training experiences.
Results: Operators reported gaining an average of 7.64 lb (SD = 16.36) during their first year. Further weight gain was not reported during the second year. Most operators reported that health-related topics were not addressed during their initial training. Stress management and healthy eating were the operators’ two most desired topics to be included in their initial training.
Conclusion: Bus operators reported medically meaningful weight gain during their first year of work and a desire for more health-related training. Objective research to document the magnitude of this hazard, and contributing working conditions, is needed.
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Olson, R., Rice, S. P. M., Mansfield, L. R., Wipfli, B., Bodner, T., Anger, W. K., & Bauer, T. N. (2021). Bus Operators’ Body Weight Changes during their First 2 Years of Work. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Publish Ahead of Print. https://doi.org/10.1097/jom.0000000000002347