These workers had the highest smoking rates out of the other professions. More than one out of every five transportation workers smoked.
4. Protective service
Nine out of 10 police officers, firefighters, security guards and other protective service workers were overweight or obese, according to the study. Three-quarters reported bad cholesterol levels and one-third suffered from high blood pressure.
5. Managers and corporate professionals
Among these employees, one-third had an ideal body mass index. Three out of four were at least moderately active and 6 percent were smokers. As for finance workers and white-collar professionals with business jobs, 72 percent had poor eating habits.
Desk jobs typically keep people from being active for at least eight hours out of the day. Other factors that play into challenges to heart health include long and weird hours at work, loud noises, poor air quality, work-related stress and job insecurity.
“Adding physical activity, like a lunch-time walk, can also create multiple benefits since it can help you wind down, possibly improving sleep, and reducing stress-related eating and smoking,” said lead researcher Capt. Leslie MacDonald.