Disturbing Conversation on Overweight Healthcare Workers - page 22

I overheard a disturbing conversation of nurses who were saying that overweight people should not be working in healthcare. They were basically saying that patients do not respect health advice or... Read More

  1. by   heron
    Quote from SobreRN
    So what you are saying is the topic of weight is always 'fat shaming', I do not think so. I think is ridiculously PC to tip toe around it as is done. Obviously someone who is 150 pounds overweight would not be able to do certain aspects of the job. I am in corrections and If I am treating a patient who is down I have to get down on the floor. Now I am not young, I do not get up from the floor that quickly but it does not matter how quickly I get up, only that I can get down.
    If I were 100 pounds overweight I would not be able to get down on the floor.
    And my comment will likely be removed by administrators given we are permitted to post about alcohol, drugs, sex you name it but weight, don't even think about bringing up the topic.
    No, what I'm saying is exactly what I said: those who buy into the common stereotypes of fat people tend to see what they expect to see. Confirmation bias is a reality - got nothing to do with "being PC" - a phrase that's come to reflect singularly sloppy thinking. Call something PC and you supposedly demolish its validity. It's really just a substitute for actually thinking about something that makes you uncomfortable.

    Well, there's a reason your hackles are raised when this particular stereotype is challenged. The reaction reminds me of what happens when you call a racist a racist. In any case, it's your problem and none of my own. Ciao!
    Last edit by heron on Jan 28
  2. by   sevensonnets
    I think what most of us are saying is this issue has been done to death. There isn't anything fresh or new that can be said that hasn't already been said.
  3. by   Pythinia
    Ergo, no solution?
  4. by   heron
    Quote from Pythinia
    Ergo, no solution?
    Possibly. Certainly no universally applicable stereotype or overgeneralized definitions of "the problem".
  5. by   Pythinia
    Perhaps we could all be less discriminatory.
  6. by   brandy1017
    Their comments are just the reality that fat-shaming is the last socially acceptable form of discrimination in our country. There is intense pressure to be thin, yet 2/3 of the country is overweight and 1/3 is obese. Just as the rest of the country struggles with weight some nurses do too. Obviously you can still get hired if you are fat, but it might be harder and I guess it would depend on the hiring manager. You may have to pay more for health insurance as some hospitals are penalizing workers who are overweight. The role model theory has been beat to death to browbeat the less than perfect. I personally believe the prettier and younger and more charismatic you are the better edge you have at getting good jobs, not to say if you are obese you can't get a job, but it might be harder. There are plenty of overweight and obese nurses in healthcare which reflects the reality of our country.
  7. by   rhellner57
    I feel that some of these nurses need to get an understanding of what it may be like to be overweight and not be shaming. If you haven't walked in their shoes then be respectful of them. I am considered overweight and yet , I often see myself working circles around some younger nurses who are "tired" " got no sleep because baby" " this is my 6th shift in a row, I am tired" and I can go on. All of us have different metabolisms, habits, and challenges and unless you are a direct clone, you would not know which it is. It has been studied that night nurses tend to have more difficulty losing weight related to day sleep, mindless eating to stay awake and activity that goes with their shifts may be more low key ( of course depending on staffing and type of unit). Please any co-workers who want to shame another, think back to why you are a nurse.
  8. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I got news for him, all of his "healthy snacks" are processed and are not actually healthy!

    Annie
  9. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from SobreRN
    And my comment will likely be removed by administrators given we are permitted to post about alcohol, drugs, sex you name it but weight, don't even think about bringing up the topic.

    Well now, that's clearly not true, is it? This is a thread about "weight," and it is 19 pages long.
    Last edit by Horseshoe on Feb 2
  10. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from AnnieOaklyRN
    I got news for him, all of his "healthy snacks" are processed and are not actually healthy!

    Annie
    This thread is 19 pages long and almost a year and a half old. Who is "him" and which snacks are you talking about?

    ETA: maybe you are referring to the video linked in the OP. It's almost 30 minutes long, so I didn't bother to watch it.
    Last edit by Horseshoe on Feb 2
  11. by   Pythinia
    I'm reminded of the character from King of the Queens, Kevin James, he is rather rotund but can jump, do somersaults and generally mind boggling gymnastics. Nurses know their capabilities, just because they are overweight doesn't mean their minds are not attune to the moment of whether they can lift someone or not, or get down on the floor as another correspondent wrote.

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