I have to agree.
I don't think the OP was saying that an overweight nurse isn't capable of being a good nurse-
But as caregivers we aught to be setting an example for those we are caring for.
I come from a place of non-judgment. Every single person in my family is overweight with the exception of 4 of us. And we 4 live totally different lifestyles than everyone else- by choice. You don't need to be thin to be healthy and active.
We are all human. Nurses, Drs, teachers, electricians are all subject to the same lifestyle and health issues. Drugs, alcoholism, obesity... But aren't these issues choices? We aren't born that way are we?
As someone who has lost about 40 pounds from her peak weight- I had to take responsibility for my lifestyle and stop making excuses. If I didn't I would have ended up like every woman in my family!
A vast majority of obese persons are in the spot they are in because they have made poor lifestyle choices. Sure there are factors such as depression or other physiological issues that start the snowball effect- but not everyone is subject to HAVING to live life in that manor.
But why people are obese isn't the issue. It's the whole "Do as I say, not as I do" mentality. Why in the world would i take advice from a medical provider who does t follow his own teaching? Or trust a dentist who has bad teeth? Why choose a lifestyle that inhibits life?
My first year of college I had an amazing teacher for med term that I absolutely adored. She is an RN. I think about her often. She was at the extreme end of morbidly obese- she was to the point that her skin wouldn't heal itself and she could barely breathe as she walked down the hall. But she came to class everyday with a super sized McDonald's Coke.
Sure she taught well and was likable. But half
The time all I could think of was that this woman's knows the consequences of her actions, she sees it at work everyday, yet she is still making those choices. Why? She's one of the lucky ones who KNOWS what poor lifestyle choices can do to you unlike most Americans who are slightly/mostly oblivious. It's hard to respect that. And although her size never limited her knowledge or standard of care given, it limited the way she could perform her tasks. She couldn't bend over or move easily. And I can only imagine that in small patient rooms there would even be issues with coworkers being able to move freely.