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Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England: a cross-sectional study using the Health Survey for England
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    Re:Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals

    To the editor: This response is relevant to the earlier-mentioned 2017 article. I want to emphasise how important this subject is as a nursing student, who is concerned about the overall health of healthcare professionals. According to the article, the purpose is to estimate the obesity prevalence in healthcare workers. This is important because obesity can lead to many other health complications, like musculoskeletal disorders and mental health issues. From the investigation it indicated that obesity among nurses and other unregistered healthcare workers were more prevalent compared to other health professionals. The main question now is "Why is it most prevalent in nurses and unregistered care workers?". Whether it be lack of access to healthy food options, shift working etc, as health care providers one must take accountability. As nurses, they are aware of the complications of obesity, so being healthy should be one's priority.

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    Obesity among nursing and other healthcare professionals

    The results of the investigation into obesity among healthcare workers seems to have determined that obesity among nurses and other unregistered health care workers was more prevalent when compared to other health care workers and non-health related occupants.
    That data has shown that the percentage of obesity cases occurring in those who occupy the nursing sector is highly concerning and can potentially lead to other major health issues.
    Why is the percentage of obesity among nurses and unregistered care workers much higher? Is it the availability and limited healthy options of sustenance? Can it be the food provided by the institutions? Or the limits placed on time. The fact that all the participants of the study were economically active indicates that they were financially able to purchase healthier sustenance, able to afford gym memberships or exercise, when necessary, in order to maintain a healthy optimal weight, yet the prevalence of obesity indicates an underlying unidentified issue.

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    Obesity among Nurses

    There is no mention of nurses ordering take out and all hours of the day and those choices. Plus many bring in food items from home to share with others. How often does that happen and what is brought .
    Blaming the food service is a quick and easy way to blame others versus choices made by nurses.

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