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Talking openly about obesity and nursing

More nurses are obese than any other group of health professionals. Andrew Cole looks at a project aimed at 'normalising' conversations with staff about obesity.
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More nurses are obese than any other group of health professionals. Andrew Cole looks at a project aimed at 'normalising' conversations with staff about obesity

A significant proportion of nurses in the UK are overweight or obese and the problem is, in every sense, a growing one.

A study last year revealed that one quarter of all registered nurses in England are obese – with a BMI of 30 or over – and that in those over 55 this figure climbs to 38% (Box 1).

It means more nurses are obese than any other group of health professionals. Worryingly, there is anecdotal evidence that an increasing number of nursing students are overweight.

‘Some nurses attribute their weight problems to their own lifestyle. They are perfectly aware of the health messages but

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