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Readers’ panel: Are protected mealtimes for nurses necessary to tackle the workforce’s obesity crisis?

A lack of breaks and availability of junk food are said to contribute to nurses being overweight or obese, so could protected mealtimes help?
Picture shows a staff member at the canteen of a hospice in London. Lack of breaks and junk food from vending machines are said to contribute to nurses being overweight or obese, and protected mealtimes are being advocated to help tackle the issue.

A lack of breaks and availability of junk food are said to contribute to nurses being overweight or obese, so could protected mealtimes help? Nursing Standard readers have their say

Edinburgh Napier University head of population and public health Richard Kyle, who has carried out research into the prevalence of obesity among healthcare professionals, says that a lack of breaks and the ready availability of junk food from vending machines are contributing to weight issues among nurses, and that protected mealtimes could help tackle the issue.

Grant Byrne is a nursing student in Edinburgh @GGByrne

I am all for protected mealtimes, but our breaks are already protected. We are contractually and legally entitled

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