Nowadays, a new question arises concerning the role of the obese patient/customer on the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in various occupations, such as dental hygienist, nursing and hair dresser. This question looks at obesity not from the point of view of the obese individual’s risk of developing health and musculoskeletal disorders, but from the point of view of the worker and the risk of injury to which the worker may be susceptible as a result of providing a service to an obese individual. This new point of view reflects the concern regarding the increased prevalence of obesity and their impact on professions that interact with obese customers on a regular basis. The rationale behind this question is an attempt to identify work patterns and attitudes of specific professions that may interact with obese individuals while the workers manipulate their own body to position themselves to effectively provide a given service to the obese individual. The answer to this question would then provide insight regarding the worker’s susceptibility to musculoskeletal disorders and psychological stress during their work day.
Citation: Amasay T (2012) The Obesity Epidemic and Its Relation to the Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Occupations that Service the Obese Individual. J Ergonom 2:e107. doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.1000e107