Cozumel, Q.R. – A recent health review by the Department of Public Security shows that approximately 30 percent of police in Cozumel are overweight.
According to Gumersindo Jiménez Cuervo, director of the Department of Public Security, a large percentage of the transit and tourist task force are of an unhealthy weight. He says this has been an ongoing problem since 2011, when that was the last time police were part of a fitness training program to keep excess weight off.
It’s a concern for the Mounted Transit and Tourist Police of Cozumel because, as Jiménez Cuervo explains, officers involved in medical tests that show they are overweight are sometimes removed until they improve their health.
In Cozumel there are 350 police officers working, a large percentage of them around the age of 40. In January 2014, the statistics were the same, but with a staff of 430 officers.
Margarita Vazquez Barrios, then councilor chairman of the Committee of Public Safety, announced that the Sports Authority would take on the responsibility of implementing a project of physical activity and healthy food, but it’s been 18 months and nothing has happened.
In 2011, it was estimated that approximately 10 percent of police officers were overweight, but that figure doubled in 2012.
The problem dates back to a similar issue Mexico City had with their police officers in 2010 where police officials were tracking not only the number of tickets officers issue or bad guys they arrested, but also the calories they consumed.
To slim down the force in which three-quarters of the more than 70,000 officers were considered overweight, officials imposed a new diet plan at department eateries. Instead of the 4,000 calories that officers used to consume at police cafeterias, the heaviest 1,300 officers were offered about 2,500 calories per shift.
According to the Global Status Report released by the World Health Organization, 70 percent of Mexicans are classified as obese or overweight.