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Obesity in nursing: why fat-shaming helps no one

Thin nurse does not equal better nurse, but obesity is a risk factor we need to address

Thin nurse does not equal better nurse, but obesity is a risk factor we need to address

Obesity among health and social care workers mirrors rates in the general population Picture: iStock

Following the publication of the government’s obesity strategy, the Daily Telegraph published an article by journalist Charles Moore that asks: ‘If we must be slim, why are so many nurses fat?’

Something of a Twitter storm followed, with many people accusing Mr Moore of fat-shaming nurses, the very professionals who just months ago were being lauded as ‘NHS heroes’.

Obesity among nurses does not jeopardise health promotion

Research by London South Bank and Edinburgh Napier universities has shown that about a quarter of nurses in England are obese, which is about the same

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