Why are so many of us over weight? - page 8

If we are supposed to be good role models when it comes to health, why is it that so many of us are overweight? I'm just a student, so I don't know much, but I want to know what everyone else thinks... Read More

  1. by   HappyJaxRN
    Quote from Kataclismic
    That is the biggest cop-out I've ever seen.

    Stress is very subjective, everything from the definition and how you deal with it. Keeping that in mind, there are negative and positive ways of dealing with stress. Eating bad foods, or large portions to "soothe" your stress is a bad bad idea and habit to get into.

    Now, I've got stress. I'm a single mom, LPN student living 300 miles away from any friends, family or support, my daughters dad is a flippin deadbeat happy to see her but once every couple months, The program I'm in is proven one of the most challenging and inclusive, and highest pass rate for Licensure and employability. My saving grace, man-hunk, just graduated from the RCMP and is posted to the rectum of the universe, basically a flyout remote posting in northern Manitoba.

    So, I'm a little stressed...

    Back in the day, I turned to food and I felt better (marginally, for a short period of time), but the new me turns to fitness and healthy food as a stress outlet. It's a very positive feeling knowing that you have control over what you put in your mouth and how you choose to fuel your body. Even though I have about 5 hours per night of homework, a demanding 2 year old, and all the other mom stuff that needs to be done, I am 100 percent OKAY with taking one hour to run on the treadmill or lift some weights. It's a beautiful thing what exersise can do for your perspective and overall mood.
    Ya know. First of all, you don't know me. Second of all, I was talking about me. I'm overweight and have a very stressful life. I used to be anorexic when I was a kid. As I got older, for some odd reason, I converted to being overweight. I have a lot of issues and I don't feel like explaining them to you. All of us have our own issues. I'm not asking you to feel sorry for me and I don't want your pity. I have more stress than I know what to do with. And don't insult me and then give me advice. Are you a DOCTOR?

    I don't need anymore critism...I've had way too much in the past 24 hours. You're just rude.
  2. by   HappyJaxRN
    Quote from Kataclismic
    That is the biggest cop-out I've ever seen.

    Stress is very subjective, everything from the definition and how you deal with it. Keeping that in mind, there are negative and positive ways of dealing with stress. Eating bad foods, or large portions to "soothe" your stress is a bad bad idea and habit to get into.

    Now, I've got stress. I'm a single mom, LPN student living 300 miles away from any friends, family or support, my daughters dad is a flippin deadbeat happy to see her but once every couple months, The program I'm in is proven one of the most challenging and inclusive, and highest pass rate for Licensure and employability. My saving grace, man-hunk, just graduated from the RCMP and is posted to the rectum of the universe, basically a flyout remote posting in northern Manitoba.

    So, I'm a little stressed...

    Back in the day, I turned to food and I felt better (marginally, for a short period of time), but the new me turns to fitness and healthy food as a stress outlet. It's a very positive feeling knowing that you have control over what you put in your mouth and how you choose to fuel your body. Even though I have about 5 hours per night of homework, a demanding 2 year old, and all the other mom stuff that needs to be done, I am 100 percent OKAY with taking one hour to run on the treadmill or lift some weights. It's a beautiful thing what exersise can do for your perspective and overall mood.
    Omgosh....you're a nursing student. You have no idea how stressful nursing really is. Hope you can keep your positive attitude.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The phrase "Fat Nurses" (with exclaimation points) says more to offend than a question of why are so many nurses overweight.
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Every time we have this conversation, I refine my thinking on the subject. My current thinking includes:

    It may be that some of the same emotional background that drives us to choose a caring profession also drives some of else to overeat

    It may be that some of us internalize the stress of our jobs by overeating

    It may be that some of us are deeply disillusioned and embittered that the profession for which they trained turned out not to be the profession in which they are able to practice, thanks to changes in the way health care is funded and delivered. Just could be, mind you, not like I'd know anything about that...

    We do work odd hours, and some of us probably tend to eat more during these odd shifts than we might during non-traditional hours

    It is very difficult for some to exercise after a long shift of a physically demanding job

    We are people, subject to the same temptations as everyone else
  5. by   HappyJaxRN
    Quote from ICUUCME
    Elevated Cortisol levels due to stress can cause weight gain as can hormonal imbalances due to rotating shifts, and poor nutritional choices due to " grabbing food on the fly and not being able to take a break and chose the salad bar.
    EXACTLY. And since the nursing STUDENT that eagerly shot me down for saying that stress was a cop out for being fat, here ya go. Guess the RN behind my name really does mean that I got an education. Everyone responds to stress differently. Cortisol is a bad thing and can cause havoc on your body. I eat better than most, but still manage to keep the fat on. I'm not huge, but I'm not skinny either. Six feet tall weighing in at 218 pounds. While in nursing school, working full time, volunteering, exercising, and taking care of my husband, I WAS HEAVIER....I weighed in at nearly 250 pounds! STRESS! Poor eating habits too, I'm sure. Okay...I'm sure I'm gonna get an exclamation point by my name now....So, I'm not going to respond anymore. This thread needs to be deleted or something. :angryfire
  6. by   HappyJaxRN
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Every time we have this conversation, I refine my thinking on the subject. My current thinking includes:

    It may be that some of the same emotional background that drives us to choose a caring profession also drives some of else to overeat

    It may be that some of us internalize the stress of our jobs by overeating

    It may be that some of us are deeply disillusioned and embittered that the profession for which they trained turned out not to be the profession in which they are able to practice, thanks to changes in the way health care is funded and delivered. Just could be, mind you, not like I'd know anything about that...

    We do work odd hours, and some of us probably tend to eat more during these odd shifts than we might during non-traditional hours

    It is very difficult for some to exercise after a long shift of a physically demanding job

    We are people, subject to the same temptations as everyone else
    Um, I lied. I have to respond. I agree. I agree. Thanks for being sensitive in your post. Um, whatever happened to being overweight related to hormonal imbalances? Um, okay...it's a long stretch, for me anyway...but I'm thinking, some people may be overweight for medical reasons as well, other than not being able to exercise. But I agree with you....just pondering the idea...
  7. by   Ted
    well. . .


    this one thread generated many, many reported posts from quite a few different members for many different reasons. we're closing this thread for a time out. it may or may not be re-opened. one thing is for sure, though, this topic will appear again. when it does, we hope that the posting will remain civil and respectful.

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