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Readers’ panel: Is it reasonable to expect nurses to be role models for healthy weight? 

Obesity undermines clinicians’ ability to give patients credible health advice, says NHS England
Obese nurse cares for obese patient

According to NHS England, obesity undermines the ability of healthcare professionals to give patients credible and effective health advice. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse and PhD student in Nottingham


Although I can see the attraction of this argument, expecting nurses to conform to perceived expectations about their appearance sets a dangerous precedent. Setting parameters for employees’ body weight is not only restrictive, it is dictatorial and impinges on personal freedom and choice. Evidence shows that nurses are not always supported to maintain healthy lifestyles, inside and outside the workplace, so it would make more sense to invest in a comprehensive and supportive infrastructure to encourage healthy living.

Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London


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