Obesity and Nursing

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    We all know obesity has become an epidemic and without trying to sound crude, I feel that we have a standard that should be upheld. Is there anyone else who feels like it's a joke when an obese nurse is giving health advice about eating right and getting plenty of exercise when they themselves are making no such attempts? Any Ideas on possible incentives to get health care workers to get fit and healthy as well?

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  2. Poll: Should healthcare workers be required to be fit and healthy?

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    How about nurses giving advice about smoking cessation when they themselves smoke? Appearance isn't everything; nurses are humans, just like their patients. No one is perfect. All that should matter is whether or not they can do the job required of them.

    P.S. You may want to do a search on this very topic- many threads very similar to this already exist.
    loriangel14 and SHGR like this.
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    Thanks for taking the time to comment, I will check them out. I'm new to the community so just learning more about how to navigate.
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    Thanks for taking the time to comment, I will check them out.  I'm new to the community so just learning more about how to navigate.  
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    Quote from Traci G
    when they themselves are making no such attempts
    You are assuming they are making no such attempts.

    Also, my BMI is in the desired range but I can put away a box of ice cream bars just as fast as anyone else can.*

    *probably faster
    Race Mom, loriangel14, and Traci G like this.
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    You sound judgemental. What if the best oncologist in your state was obese? Would you choose less than the best because of his/her weight? I have never met an obese person who enjoyed being obese. I am overweight myself and my boyfriend eats twice as much and never exercises and never gains a pound. I, however, lose nothing. Seriously, I hope you are never my nurse.
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    Thank you for your comment. I understand where you are going with this however my question is in regards to nursing. As a nurse it is our job to teach clients I am curious about the nursing point of view. Do you feel that being obese gives you an advantage on some level, being able to share some sort of common ground with a pt.? How do you as a "obese person" teach the client the importance of getting healthy. If an obese RN was discussing the importance of quitting smoking, would it be ridiculous for that pt to think "why is this obese nurse teaching me the importance of one health risk and disregarding his/her own?"
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    You are correct I should not have assumed that they are making no such attempts. No matter how lightly this topic is presented there is no way of getting around being judgmental. Thank you for your response.
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    You could say this about any career ie someone gone through bankruptcy working in a bank giving financial advice. A lot of the times someone who had a problem whether it is with weight, smoking etc at least there will be some empathy when discussing the subject with someone compared to someone who is considered ideal weight who never had an issue and can't understand issues that the person may be going through
    loriangel14 and Traci G like this.
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    What determines "healthy"? A good BMI? I am obese on my bmi, but I am obese due to lean muscle mass (133 pounds of it to be exact!). Being able to run a marathon? There are plenty of skinny people who couldn't keep up with me on a treadmill. I say stop judging people and mind your own business. Someday you may have a thyroid condition, gain weight, and lose your nursing job for being fat. How would you feel then?

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