Management of Obesity in Pilots

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Pilots are now very careful about their weight. Weight reduction advice varies from case to case depending upon the individual requirements. Since the flying profession requires maximum mental alertness, the aircrew needs to follow special weight reduction programmes.

Healthy points to avoid Obesity in Pilots

"While reducing weight, the pilots are advised to keep following good points to prevent obesity,” said Captain Naseer Ahmed Abbasi, who is a flight surgeon, Eastern Region – CDA Base, KSA.

Captain Abbasi pointed out some healthy points to avoid obesity in pilots such as:

  • Never miss a healthy pre-flight meal in any case and in-flight meals in long cross-country flights.
  • At least keep 250 grams per week as their target for weight reduction. Sudden weight loss is not compatible with efficacy of pilot.
  • Pilots should minimize fat contents of their diet to 40-45 grams per day and use liquid vegetable oils.They should not use cheese, butter, un-skimmed milk or animal fat.
  • They should get protein from fish, chicken and low fat milk.
  • They should fulfill the requirement of carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals mostly from fresh fruits and vegetables.

Pilots need to exercise regularly

Captain Abbasi said that Pilots should exercise regularly to consume excessive fat. Following are guidelines for exercises:

  • Moderate exercise like walking, gardening and golf consume 4-5K cals/min. Walking 5 km/hour/day for one hour only 5-6 days a week will consume 240K cal/day which is equal to loss of 30 grams of fat/day. If this is continued regularly for over one year, it will reduce 10 kg weight without any bad effect on pilot’s efficiency.
  • Severe exercise like jogging, squash and aerobics consume 10K cals/minute.
  • Intermediate exercise like cycling, swimming and tennis consumes 7K cals/minute.

Captain Abbasi added saying, "“Starvation or extreme dieting is not recommended in the flying profession.”

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author avatar Denise O
15th Sep 2012 (#)

Sounds like good advice for all of us but, I can also understand why it is so important as a pilot. I hope all is well with you my friend. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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