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Table 1 Health domains of female firefighters compared to published data on male firefighters

From: The health of women in the US fire service

  Career, Female Career, Male* Volunteer, Female Volunteer, Male*
N=18 N=478 N=13 N=199
Demographics
Age M (SD) 33.1 yrs (8.9 yrs) 38.2 yrs (9.9 yrs) 34.2 yrs (11.1 yrs) 39.7 yrs (12 yrs)
% White 88.9% 86.4% 92.3% 97.5%
Some College or College Grad 94.4% 82.4% 92.3% 61.8%
% Married/Partnered 33.4% 72.6% 69.2% 75.4%
Body Composition
Body Mass IndexŦ     
Underweight 0.0% NR 0.0% NR
Normal 66.7% NR 53.8% NR
Overweight 16.7% 46.0% 30.8% 35.2%
Obese 16.7% 33.5% 15.4% 43.2%
Waist Circumference High Risk 17.6% 30.5% 38.5% 45.2%
Body Fat¥     
Athletic 11.1% NR 7.7% NR
Fitness 16.7% NR 0.0% NR
Acceptable 33.3% NR 46.2% NR
Obese 38.9% 47.7% 46.2% 54.3%
Fitness
Met 12 Metabolic Equivalents (METs) 22.2% 38.7% 7.7% 23.6%
Tobacco Use **
Current Smoker 22.2% 13.6% 15.4% 17.4%
Current Smokeless 11.1% 18.4% 0.0% 16.8%
  1. *Data from Poston et al. 2011, NR = not reported.
  2. **Data from Haddock et al. 2011.
  3. Ŧ underweight (<18.5 kg/m2), healthy weight (range, 18.5–24.9 kg/m2), overweight (range, 25.0–29.9 kg/m2), or obese (≥30.0 kg/m2).
  4. ¥ athletic (14-20%), fitness (21-24%), acceptable (25-30%), obese (30% or more).