Bus operators' body weight changes during their first 2 years of work: A retrospective survey

Ryan Olson, Sean P.M. Rice, Layla R. Mansfield, Brad Wipfli, Todd Bodner, W. Kent Anger, Talya N. Bauer

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Objective: To empirically assess retrospective reports of weight changes during bus operators' first years on the job, and to investigate experienced and desired training topics for new operators. Methods: Bus operators (n=261) completed an online survey on topics of early weight changes and training experiences. Results: Operators reported gaining an average of 7.64 lb (SD=16.36) during their first year. Further weight gain was not reported during the second year. Most operators reported that health-related topics were not addressed during their initial training. Stress management and healthy eating were the operators' two most desired topics to be included in their initial training. Conclusion: Bus operators reported medically meaningful weight gain during their first year of work and a desire for more health-related training. Objective research to document the magnitude of this hazard, and contributing working conditions, is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1096
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021


  • Body weight change
  • Bus operator
  • Early career
  • Obesity
  • Occupational health
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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