The commissionerate rolled out the fitness training for obese and overweight police officials after 3,000 cops recently underwent a health survey and 138 of them were found to have a BMI exceeding 30. A BMI – a measure which takes into account a person’s weight and height to gauge total body fat – of 30 and higher is considered obese.
“The survey, which was conducted in April, sought to record the physical and mental health history of cops to ascertain if they had any comorbidity. During the exercise we found that 138 personnel had a BMI of 30 or above, ”Dr Meenakshi Katyayan, DCP headquarters, told TOI.
The fitness of police officials, she said, is pivotal for better execution of duties and good policing. “An unhealthy BMI can lead to lifestyle diseases, like hypertension, diabetes or even kidney ailments. Hence, it is important to ensure that all our officers are physically and mentally fit, ”the DCP said.
Under the exercise regime, which commenced on Friday, 138 personnel have been divided into five groups, and each assigned a diet and fitness roster. Cops have to report to Police Lines at 5 am each day and undergo a fitness regime which includes running, stretching and other exercises, Katyayan said.
The fitness of all the officials will be tracked weekly and more modules of yoga, meditation and strength exercises will be added over time, the officer added.