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Unhealthy habits/Facebook posts from friends/family that make you :( ?

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 6 years experience.

I know it's NOT my job to police my friends and family... However,

My aunt just posted a photo of heavily carb-laden Chinese food plates that she (diabetic) and her husband (also diabetic) are about to enjoy. She does this all the time. I have told her this is dangerous and she needs to be careful, but now I'm just biting my tongue and hoping she doesn't get a nasty ulcer.

Also have a friend with a morbidly obese 5yo child that she buys 2 adult sized meals for (have witnessed this when I was in town to visit family... , I wondered what was causing it until I saw it first hand) . It's hard not to cringe when seeing photos, knowing how the parents feed him. Said friend does crossfit and eats healthily herself, but why stuff the child like that? Her other child is obese too. Have not said anything to this one.

Of course, there are the hoards of anti-vax friends... I just bite my tongue and move along.

Just curious what the rest of you encounter on facebook or even on a daily basis. Do you feel compelled to "educate", or are you like me and keep your mouth shut and wish you'd have said something?

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Just curious what the rest of you encounter on facebook or even on a daily basis. Do you feel compelled to "educate", or are you like me and keep your mouth shut and wish you'd have said something?

It's not my business what other people eat and it's not their business what I eat. For relatives who are somewhat obnoxious, but not obnoxious enough for me to cut out of my life, I simply choose not to "follow" their posts. If I can't see it, it doesn't annoy me. Problem solved! ;)

motor_mouth, MSN, RN

Specializes in Rehab and psych. Has 4 years experience.

Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

Pepper The Cat, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology. Has 34 years experience.

Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

I was was just going to say the exact thing!

KatieMI, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine. Has 7 years experience.

Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

It was right there. You just STOLE it from my mouth! :angrybird1: :)

Wile E Coyote, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical care.

So, what exactly is it about those carb-laden Chinese meals that your diabetic family members are about to indulge in are giving you heartburn?

vintage_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

You can't police everything everyone does with their lives. Would you like someone scrutinizing your every decision? There are nurses that smoke, nurses who are obese.....people will only make a change in their lives when they make the decision themselves.

Emergent, RN

Has 27 years experience.

I've had to unfollow a lot of people who mainly post about how much they hate Hillary or Donald. I get sick of that tiring subject.

I generally find Facebook posts of people's meals ridiculously boring. I prefer pet videos, family photos, and interesting discussions. (Sadly, the latter is rare on Facebook).

Davey Do

Specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge. Has 41 years experience.

Pardon my ignorance.

What is "Facebook" and why are people posting food on it??

Emergent, RN

Has 27 years experience.

Pardon my ignorance.

What is "Facebook" and why are people posting food on it??

And what is ADN, ASN, CNA, LPN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I, can you answer me that?

quazar

Has 20 years experience.

I don't give my opinion on someone's health/life choices unless directly asked.

StrwbryblndRN

Specializes in CMSRN. Has 9 years experience.

People are people. I let it go unless someone asks me. There are things I do that others will have a different opinion. Live and let live.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

I can't even educate my husband -- who despite his 150lb frame has a lot of obesity type comorbidities. Triglycerides and LDL are through the roof but he refuses meds, and is convinced that white rice is nature's perfect food. BP has been logged as high as 190s/100s; he refuses meds for that too. And he has sleep apnea but refuses a BiPAP.

Besides, I'm sure any diagnosed diabetic has been taught about simple carbs. I personally don't exercise enough.

Plus, I don't have time to get into it on Facebook. I like the posts I like, I ignore the ones I don't. Like the previous posters, it's not my circus, not my monkeys.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

I simply choose not to "follow" their posts. If I can't see it, it doesn't annoy me. Problem solved! ;)

This this this. That's how I handle these situations. People seem to forget about the awesome power of the "ignore/hide" feature.

scuba nurse, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 30 years experience.

I just ignore all the posts that I can't say anything nice about or like.

People post food all the time that looks GROSS to me, but I would never tell them that, they think it is great! But not something I would ever eat! (Though I do admit I am picky!).

Just like all the political posts, I am sick of hearing about the election, get over with it and move on! Nothing is going to change.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm, carb laden Chinese food!

NOMB

I do, however, open my mouth, loudly and often on the anti vaxxers.

If they don't like it, they can unfriend me. Meh.

sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU.

And what is ADN, ASN, CNA, LPN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I, can you answer me that?

Why, that is my friend Davey Do..... It is just davey

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

I would recommend refraining from commenting since it will probably cause anger. I unfriended a cousin who decided to argue about something that did not involve her. Basically I reposted someone complaining about the hospital and it turned into a back and forth about whether her broken foot was an emergency and should have been brought back first. She lived in a different state so the hospital post has nothing to do with it. My sister who just graduated nursing school was laughing when I informed her that I have to decide what constitutes as an immediate emergency because I triage in the ER frequently. She asked about why do I think it's my job to determine what is an emergency.

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 9 years experience.

I don't hesitate to speak up if it is vaccine-related, otherwise I ignore them.

Emergent, RN

Has 27 years experience.

I hate "99% of people will scroll past this post. If you love God, country, our soldiers and Jesus, like and share!"

Those purveyors of guilt risk banishment from my news feed. :mad:

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