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- Oil Workers Getting Heavier

North Sea Oil Platform Via Wikimedia Commons

Oil be Getting a Bit Bigger Round the Chest
Scottish offshore workers on oil rigs (graphic on the right courtesy of Scotavia Images) are now almost a fifth heavier than in the mid-1980s, a study into their changing shape has found.

A team at Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University spent two years assessing measurements of hundreds of workers. (Graphic of expanding waistline via Wikimedia Commons)

Twenty-six measurements were compared with figures from 30 years ago. The average weight now of men offshore is about 14st 3.5lbs, a 19% increase. Certainly there is not much space on an oil rig for workers to go for a walk or a jog!

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Tam O'Ranter
March 2015

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