Why are RN's so fat! - page 4

I was told by a nanny last night that her employer just had a baby, and she commented on how fat the RN's are at the hospital (Her employer is thin). Her employer stated that "being RN's... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    There are five nurses within my site right now and none are overweight.

    There are 20 people viewing this thread, and it's four pages after just a few hours. These threads don't usually go very well.

    Nurses are human and reflect the society we live in. We shouldn't generalize that nurses are fat. But we shouldn't make excuses for ourselves either, saying things like "it's shiftwork, it's stress". I know I'm going to get flamed. I can take it.
  2. by   mellyt
    I am not "Obese" but I am no where near skinny either. I just finished RN school and while in school 5 days a week and working full time with 3 boys to take care of I gained around 30lbs in 2 1/2 years. I dont blame it on anything except time constraint. I wasnt laying around, who had time, but I also didnt have time to exercise regularly or cook the way I know I should be. I agree that we are trying to take care of everyone else and we seem to let ourselves come last. In a way it makes us a better nurse but it doesnt do alot for our figure. Oh well I am active, loved and have a good career ahead of me. I dont think I am going to let my figure determine what I or anyone else should think of me.
  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Tweety
    There are five nurses within my site right now and none are overweight.

    There are 20 people viewing this thread, and it's four pages after just a few hours. These threads don't usually go very well.

    Nurses are human and reflect the society we live in. We shouldn't generalize that nurses are fat. But we shouldn't make excuses for ourselves either, saying things like "it's shiftwork, it's stress". I know I'm going to get flamed. I can take it.
    No flames -

    The truth is exactly that - if someone had a gun to my head and said if you have seconds of that pasta with pesto I'm gonna pull the trigger, of course I wouldn't eat the pasta. But, last night there was no one here with a gun.

    I myself am responsible for how much I eat - no matter what stress I am having or if I am bored - it is me, me, and me. I'm the one who decided not to go to the gym today.

    Nurses are part of the human race and human beings are imperfect.

    steph
  4. by   Gennaver
    Quote from MoriahRoseRN
    I was told by a nanny last night that her employer just had a baby, and she commented on how fat the RN's are at the hospital (Her employer is thin).

    ...?
    Ha,

    I've read this question a couple of time on these forums...

    Is this like asking, "why do some RNs smoke?" or "why do some RNs drive above the speed limit?" or "why do some RNs run marathons, do yoga, ride bikes or -insert anything here- that the rest of the culture does too?"

    What? Are other professionals held up to be different than the average population too?
    Gen
    edit to add:
    I do not know how people can lose 50 pounds, (more power to you with the bowflex guy!) Once about 5 years ago a running coach wanted me to loose 3 or 4 pounds and I absolutely could not do it. I am in proper weight and with an athlete bodyfat %. Just recently I came across something to calculate your BMI and bodyfat % and I calculated that if I had lost those 3-4 pounds that the coach wanted me to it would have dropped me below the "athletic" fg % and I would have been loosing all muscle d/t my bf being at the lowest end of healthy.

    Even still, I just do not know HOW anyone can just "lose" 50 pounds...its got to be a several year committment, right?
    Last edit by Gennaver on Mar 3, '07
  5. by   Uberman5000
    Quote from MoriahRoseRN
    I was told by a nanny last night that her employer just had a baby, and she commented on how fat the RN's are at the hospital (Her employer is thin).

    Her employer stated that "being RN's shouldn't they know how to control their weight"? I told the nanny that yes, but RN's have a very stressful job. They are over worked, have odd hours, and tend to eat bad food to comfort themselves because the amount of stress they are under. Usually we are understaffed and don't get breaks, and when we do leave work normally we as RN's tend to reach for junk, because high sugary foods bring up the blood sugar the quickest. I was quite offended at her comments, not because I am fat (I am not exactly slim either), but because it is a generalization of the profession. I don't know what her point was to even repeat what her employer said. However, I'm determined not to fall in that category, because I once was fat (I lost approx 61 lbs & still want to lose about 30lbs). Does that comment offend you?
    No it doesnt offend me because she is speaking through truth, its not just RN's that are overweight, it is most of American society as a whole. Its the garbage diet we all eat, do you see obesity like this in other countries? Answer --> No, unless of course you have fast food flourishing their.

    If you want to lose weight its simple --> Get your butt to the gym and work out with weights 3-4 times a week, stop eating all the crappy food(soda, candy, chips) and making excuses like "I dont have enough time to exercise" when it takes 40-45 minutes 3 times a week and you feel better and are more productive after doing it. Moreover its a lame excuse to say "Oh well, i dont have enough time to eat right". Most Americans OVEREAT, that is the bottom line - you dont need all the food to function you just think that you do. Over eating is correlated with disease, bottom line. Buy some whey protein, have a couple of scoops of that and a good low glycemic carb like rice, some veges and that is a meal right there...have that a couple times a day, its portable you know and you are guarenteed to lose weight and feel much better.

    So in short, stop drinking 10 cups of starbucks coffee everyday, eating candy and drinking soda, work out with WEIGHTS 3-4 times a week and you will lose weight...

    By the way - Alot of RN's I know work 36 hours a week on med surg floors - what do you mean by "we just dont have enough time." i dont understand that...I mean do you really not eat during the day? If you are hungry then have a healthy meal for god sakes and if you manager has a problem with you taking 15 minutes to eat tell her/him to screw off and call the department of labor.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    This lady must lead a sheltered life; look around, Madam. The COUNTRY is fat! And last I checked, RNs were no better nor worse. I am not offended but I am surprised in having a new baby, this person did not have better things to concern her mind with.
  7. by   rngreenhorn
    Quote from Tweety
    There are five nurses within my site right now and none are overweight.

    There are 20 people viewing this thread, and it's four pages after just a few hours. These threads don't usually go very well.

    Nurses are human and reflect the society we live in. We shouldn't generalize that nurses are fat. But we shouldn't make excuses for ourselves either, saying things like "it's shiftwork, it's stress". I know I'm going to get flamed. I can take it.
    I know what you mean.... I think most of us have seen all this before... I'm suffering from a serious case of deja vu right now....
  8. by   rngreenhorn
    .... and why do nannies eat so many donut?
  9. by   MoriahRoseRN
    Quote from Uberman5000
    No it doesnt offend me because she is speaking through truth, its not just RN's that are overweight, it is most of American society as a whole. Its the garbage diet we all eat, do you see obesity like this in other countries? Answer --> No, unless of course you have fast food flourishing their.

    If you want to lose weight its simple --> Get your butt to the gym and work out with weights 3-4 times a week, stop eating all the crappy food(soda, candy, chips) and making excuses like "I dont have enough time to exercise" when it takes 40-45 minutes 3 times a week and you feel better and are more productive after doing it. Moreover its a lame excuse to say "Oh well, i dont have enough time to eat right". Most Americans OVEREAT, that is the bottom line - you dont need all the food to function you just think that you do. Over eating is correlated with disease, bottom line. Buy some whey protein, have a couple of scoops of that and a good low glycemic carb like rice, some veges and that is a meal right there...have that a couple times a day, its portable you know and you are guarenteed to lose weight and feel much better.

    So in short, stop drinking 10 cups of starbucks coffee everyday, eating candy and drinking soda, work out with WEIGHTS 3-4 times a week and you will lose weight...

    By the way - Alot of RN's I know work 36 hours a week on med surg floors - what do you mean by "we just dont have enough time." i dont understand that...I mean do you really not eat during the day? If you are hungry then have a healthy meal for god sakes and if you manager has a problem with you taking 15 minutes to eat tell her/him to screw off and call the department of labor.
    Do you follow BFL? If you do it is a great program, although I admit it is a hard food program for me to follow 100% of the time.
  10. by   ben123
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Nor can you assume that some is 'fat' because they are lazy.

    For example, there are some medications out there where weight gain is a side effect.
    I do agree with what you say, however most fat people are not fat due to medication side effects. They are fat from sedentary lifestyle and eating crap food.
  11. by   nursemike
    Quote from ben123
    It is because they are lazy and that does not hold true for RN's but all people. Everyone is quick to come up with an excuse: i work odd hours, long hours, don't get a break, have kids, need junk food, like junk food, i am trying, i don't like the gym, well i am not fat but not skinny either, i don't have time etc.... Unless you have a problem with your thyroid you can blame noone but your self.
    I think there's a distinction to be made between "making excuses" and trying to critically analyze reasons. I don't need to make excuses for my weight. Neither do I need to apologize for it. It's my problem--no one else's.
    I don't think I, or anyone else who is obese, needs to waste any more time blaming himself or herself. Some readers may find obesity offensive. They are entitled to their opinions. That isn't to say their opinions are useful, or interesting.

    I'm not sure where I stand on the whole metabolism/diet/exercise issue, except that I think it probably needs a balanced approach. I believe I once read it takes 11 miles of jogging to burn one pound of fat. Clearly, reduced intake must play a role. But I also recall from diet therapy that starvation encourages the body to store calories. So, for me, I expect to achieve the best results by adopting a common-sense approach, and also by setting goals I can attain. If it works out, I'll let everyone know in a year or two.
    In the meantime, people are free to think what they like of me, and I'm free to ignore them.
  12. by   rngreenhorn
    .... the "Super Nanny" isn't exactly svelte....

    OK, I'll shut up.
  13. by   Uberman5000
    Quote from MoriahRoseRN
    Do you follow BFL? If you do it is a great program, although I admit it is a hard food program for me to follow 100% of the time.
    No, i dont follow BFL - I dont know what that is...

    I just work out 3-4 times a week about 45-60 minutes each time. I lift heavy weights and I would say I am in great shape for my age.

    I drink a whey protein shake in the morning and have some rice and vegetables, i go to work, before lunch If I get hungry I will down another protein shake, then have a light lunch, a small snack after and then a good dinner, I eat alot of spanish food - Rice, chicken, beef, vegetables.

    I dont have any dairy products, worse thing you can do for your body. I am not addicted to coffee or soda, however on the weekends I will go splurge on some mexican food because I love it..

    The key is to eat light you dont need all these carbohydrates - and if you feel tired its probably for a good reason, instead of drinking coffee and soda to give yourself an artificial high question your lifestyle and health and do steps to improve it.....

    ANYONE CAN DO IT - its all about Knowledge and self discipline -

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