Firefighters don't need to worry about weight in Florida

Body Mass Index no longer an issue

Author: Tara Evans, Producer, tevans@wkmg.com
Published On: May 01 2013 01:57:29 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida firefighters won't have to worry about their weight anymore.

That's because a proposed amendment that would have required them to watch their body mass index to keep their jobs has been voted down.

The bill would have required all Florida firefighters to keep their BMI at 25 or under.

A BMI of under 18.5 is considered underweight, while 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, with 30 and above being obese.

The House rejected the amendment in a voice vote.

The amendment did not address weight issues of police or law enforcement officers.