Trucker and beloved cast member of the A&E show “Shipping Wars,” Roy Garber, died of a heart attack on January 17th at the age of 49. His death at such a young age shines a sharp light on the ever-present, often-marginalized issue of driver health.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine this month warned that long-haul truck drivers showed a “constellation of chronic disease risk factors” including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. The study stated that truck drivers are twice as likely to be obese as the rest of the adult working population in the United States. Of the 1,700 long-haul drivers surveyed for the study, 69% were obese, and 17% were morbidly obese.
While it may come as a surprise that a man as skinny as Roy might die of a heart attack, it shows us that weight isn’t the only indicator of poor heart health. A full 88% of drivers surveyed had at least one risk factor for chronic disease.