Study sheds light on long-haul truck driver health
A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) finds significant health risks for the USA's long-haul truck drivers. According to the survey, 69% of these drivers were obese and 54% smoked.
Additionally, 88% of long-distance truck drivers reported having at least one risk factor (hypertension, smoking, and obesity) for chronic disease, compared to only 54% of the country's adult working population.
NIOSH obtained the data for the survey by interviewing 1,670 long-haul truck drivers about their health and work practices at truck stops across the continental USA in 2010. (ben)