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Analysis

Nursing Standard survey reveals extent of obesity among nurses 

Does being overweight or obese hamper nurses' ability to offer healthy lifestyle advice?
Obese nurse measures obese patient

Does being overweight or obese hamper nurses' ability to offer healthy lifestyle advice?

Weight gain and obesity are major issues for the nursing profession and may be undermining the health advice nurses give to patients, according to a Nursing Standard survey.

The poll shows employers that support nursing staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle are thin on the ground.

There are some exemplary organisations that offer their staff Pilates, mindfulness and healthy eating classes, even access to gyms and swimming pools. But too many others sound almost Dickensian in their approach to staff welfare, with long shifts, few breaks and workplace ‘nutrition’ restricted to salty or sugary snacks from a vending machine.

Protected mealtimes 'a distant memory'

More than 70% of survey respondents felt their employer provided little

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