74 FBI L. Enforcement Bull. 27 (2005)
Physical Fitness: Tips for the Law Enforcement Executive

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    nique work demands
       and corresponding  stress
       levels increasingly
require that those in the law
enforcement profession estab-
lish lifelong wellness habits.
However,  one 40-year longitu-
dinal study from 1950 through
1990 found  that, appallingly,
the life expectancy of a retired
male police officer in the
United States was 66 years.
    Why  do some officers
succumb  to life-threatening
habits, such as the lack of
physical activity and exercise,
smoking  and excessive drinking
habits, and depression, that


increase the risk of obesity? To
counter the obesity epidemic
and general lack of physical
fitness, law enforcement profes-
sionals should spend as much
time as necessary adequately
establishing lifelong wellness
routines.

Examining   the Research
    Using the body mass index
(BMI)-a   measurement  tool to
determine excess body weight
in relation to height-obesity
classifies as a range of 30 or
higher and overweight between
25 to 29.9. The BMI has be-
come  a potential indicator of


hypertension, certain cancers,
and diabetes. Estimates place
ranges of overweight and
obesity between 60 and 65
percent in the general popula-
tion with approximately one-
third of the general population
classified as obese.2
    Many  statistics and related
information exist about the
health status of the general
population, and several concern
the law enforcement profession.
In October 2003, the author
administered a questionnaire to
75 law enforcement  executives
and other professionals. Part
of the questionnaire included a


May 2005 / 27

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