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80% police overweight: FBI statistic highlights officer fitness requirement need

The number of obese cops roaming the streets is on the rise and an alarming newly released statistic from the FBI revealed that 80% of police are overweight. The shocking revelation prompted the Garland Police Department to initiate a plan for their officers to improve their fitness, an Aug. 14 report from CBS-DFW explained.

80% police overweight: Should there be fitness requirements for police?
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In a statement addressing the issue, Garland Assistant Chief Jeff Bryan said...“I think it’s important for all of us to keep the weight down and stay in shape-especially this job. The stress that we incur at this job… this is a great way to relieve the stress and to keep the blood pressure down.”

Many Americans aren't too thrilled with the fact that eight out of ten police officers are overweight and some believe a legislative plan to implement new fitness guidelines on police forces is needed. One Reddit user asked: Why police aren't required to meet yearly fitness requirements like national guard troop?

Although many local law enforcement agencies provide on-site gyms to encourage physical fitness, there are no formal policies established that officers must adhere to. Furthermore, researchers say that police officers are 25 times more likely to die as a result of weight-related health problems than from an encounter with a criminal.

Obesity continues to be a growing problem in America and the police force is not immune to this. Policing has characteristics that make it different from many other jobs. Stress, shift work, the changing times and other features make officers more likely to neglect their diet and exercise regimens.