Posted: 2:29 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014

FBI: 80 percent of police are overweight 

By George Mathis

Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a [bleeping] hurry.

Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I’m in a [bleeping] hurry.

If you believe everything you hear in a Bangles tune, all the cops in the doughnut shop say “A-oh-way-oh.”

But, according to a statistic from the FBI, police officers are actually saying “I’ll take another Krispy Kreme.”

CBS News in Dallas-Fort Worth reports the FBI as saying 80 percent of all police officers are overweight.

I live across the street from a DeKalb police officer and he looks to be in good shape. It may be genetics because I recently saw his quite-fit mom chopping up a downed tree and toting it to the curb.

I looked for the study that makes the overweight police allegations but could not find it. If true, that is an amazing stat.

Police officers aren’t the only folks buying bigger clothes, of course. According to the CDC, about 70 percent of Americans are overweight.

The CDC definition of overweight means having a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher, which isn’t difficult with the number of delicious cheeseburgers and craft beers available.

Police in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, are working to improve officer fitness, but say the FBI stat does not apply to them.

“Do we have some [officers] that are overweight? Sure we do. But, not [80 percent],” said Garland police spokesperson Joe Harn.

The CBS article also says “law enforcement personnel are 25 times more likely to die from weight related cardiovascular disease than the actions of a criminal.”

That may be true, but heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., not criminals.

Not yet anyway.

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14 comments
RambleOn84
RambleOn84

"Overweight" is a very misleading stat.


While I'm sure that many (maybe even more than half) of officers are fat, this goes hand-in-hand with the US population.


Additionally, anyone with significant muscle mass is also considered to be "overweight" based on BMI, which only considers height and weight.


When I was in high school, a serious athlete with nothing but skin, bones, and muscle, I was considered to be "overweight" based on a BMI scale.


I would actually be more concerned over the 20% of officers who are NOT considered overweight on the BMI scale, as they would not have much muscle mass at all.  Do we really want a bunch of Barney Fifes carrying badges and guns?

OldGaTech
OldGaTech

Well, Matt Ryan is overweight according to the CDC.  Probably 80% of Falcons are overweight too.


Georgia Forward
Georgia Forward

A lot of good this does me now.  The police officer that ran me down for throwing water balloons when I was a teenager, looked like, and ran like Carl Lewis.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Not sure it is a problem since 90 percent of American adults are obese.

Bernie31
Bernie31

African Americans have known these Doughnut Lovin eatin Terrorist have been Full of it fer DECADES!

Dey is always SKERRED and when dey GIT Skerred dey love ta SHOOT until dey Gun is empty...if yer in de way, Too Bad!

Waldo313
Waldo313

Once a cop, you never again have to pass a weight or fitness for duty test.  If this "overweight" leads to high blood pressure or other medical impairment, you've hit the mother load.  You now qualify for a medical disability pension.  Many cops retire in their 30's at 100% pay..  I read 75% of NYFD retire on disability pensions.  And we wonder why America is in trouble! 

72GDawg
72GDawg

Plenty of potbelly lardass cops, including their chief, on display in the pics out of Ferguson. If they had to sprint ten feet they'd probably keel over in cardiac arrest.

Hnancy902
Hnancy902

love your column.. I wonder sometimes when I see pictures of overweight cop how they even catch a criminal....


coj
coj

The police who are in a strenuous occupation should have a rigorous physical testing requirement in order to work outside the office and should also be paid more than a desk jockey.

fez
fez

Nice link dump today, George.  There's some startling stuff in there, especially the 2009 Ferguson story.

CreamofBuckwheat
CreamofBuckwheat

I guess you news "professionals" sat on this story until it would be politically correct to bash on cops. How does this compare to the general population? 

BrowningGlory
BrowningGlory

They sit in their a.c. lux armored cars all day long and take food from all the restrants in town no wonderer they are all fat.  SMH

sssinff
sssinff

@RambleOn84 You really think cops are considered "overweight" because of their bulging muscles?


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