Evidence & Practice
Investigating the attitudes of nurses who are obese
Jane Wills Professor of health promotion, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, London, England
Muireann Kelly Research assistant, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, London, England
To investigate the attitudes, motivations and behaviours of, and the uptake of workplace health initiatives by, nurses who are obese.
Nurses who are or were obese and who practised in England were recruited at the Royal College of Nursing congress in Glasgow in June 2016. Participants were asked to complete a short survey on their attitudes to weight, and the effectiveness and availability of workplace health initiatives.
A total of 196 nurses were surveyed, of which 95% (
Obesity is often considered to be the result of an individual's lifestyle choices; however, nurses may experience environmental constraints in relation to their working practices that may affect their ability to lead healthy lifestyles. These factors should be addressed to reduce the high levels of obesity in the nursing workforce.
Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10645Correspondence
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software
Received: 03 August 2016
Accepted: 08 December 2016
Published online: 07 July 2017