68 per cent of nursing and care home assistants are overweight or obese, as are 49 per cent of doctors, dentists and physiotherapists, study reveals

MORE than six in ten nurses are overweight or obese, a study found.
Over 60 per cent of nurses are overweight, with 25 per cent obese
And they say the excess weight may even prevent nurses from doing their job safely.
This includes giving life-saving CPR, lifting patients and washing them in tight spaces.
Boffins from Edinburgh Napier University analysed data from the Health Survey for England.
They found 61 per cent of nurses are overweight and 25 per cent obese.
Nurses need to start eating healthier to set an example for patients
Study leader Dr Richard Kyle said obese nurses may be less productive and take more time off sick.
This means hospitals will be forced to employ more costly agency staff to provide cover.
Nurses must use every contact they have with patients to promote health and wellbeing.
The NHS suggests people eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, limit intake of junk food, and exercise for 150 minutes a week.
Studies show excess weight may even prevent nurses from doing their job safely
But Dr Kyle said: “Patients are more likely to accept advice offered by a visibly healthy healthcare professional compared with one who is overweight or obese.
“And there is evidence that healthcare professionals’ lifestyle behaviours influence the frequency and willingness with which they offer health advice.
“Obesity among healthcare professionals may hinder effective patient care through performance impairments that impact on patient safety.
“Urgent action from NHS England is required to ‘put its own house in order’ and reduce the prevalence of obesity among healthcare professionals.”
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “Until the NH succeeds in getting its own nurses into shape it should be careful not to lecture anyone else to kick their bad habits.
“If so many nurses find maintaining a healthy body mass index impossible, what chance for the rest of us in today’s obesogenic environment?”
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has previously vowed to clampdown on staff who fail to set a good example by keeping trim.
He said in 2014: “The fact that as a nation we’ve all been putting on the pounds for several years is bad for our health and bad for the health service.
“It’s hard for the NHS to talk about how important this is if we don’t get our own act together.”
Kim Sunley, from the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Nurses sometimes struggle to make healthy choices due to long hours, shift work and stress.”
Source: Shaun Woller: the sun news

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