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Methods used to tackle obesity of the prison population

Improved understanding of obesity in prison
Obesity in prison

This study aimed to improve understanding of addressing obesity in prison by investigating prison nurses perceptions of weight gain and obesity and their role in addressing it.

In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out with 17 nurses who worked in two male prisons in the UK.

A thematic analysis reported the types of behavioural and environmental factors the nurses perceived as contributing to weight gain and obesity in male prisoners. These included: poor food choices, sedentary lifestyles, boredom and stress of imprisonment, prison regime, and prison culture.

The nurses described how they adapted their practice to these factors and the prisoners themselves. Examples were given of ways in which they built trust in their consultations with prisoners how they adapted their communication methods; how they used language understandable

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This study aimed to improve understanding of addressing obesity in prison by investigating prison nurses’ perceptions of weight gain and obesity and their role in addressing it.


 Semi-structured interviews were carried out by nurses in two male prisons in the UK. Picture: Alamy

In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out with 17 nurses who worked in two male prisons in the UK.

A thematic analysis reported the types of behavioural and environmental factors the nurses perceived as contributing to weight gain and obesity in male prisoners. These included: poor food choices, sedentary lifestyles, boredom and stress of imprisonment, prison regime, and prison culture.

The nurses described how they adapted their practice to these factors and the prisoners themselves. Examples were given of ways in which they built trust in their consultations with prisoners – how they adapted their communication methods; how they used language understandable to the educational level of the individual prisoner; and how they geared their advice to be meaningful in the prison setting.

They were very aware that the prison environment and regime created an environment where weight gain and obesity was more likely.


Choudhry K, Armstrong D, Dregan A (2017) Nurses' Perceptions of Weight Gain and Obesity in the Prison Environment. J Correct Health Care. 10.1177/1078345817699830

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