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Obesity in nurses

By: Loretta T. Lee , PhD, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, and Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN

Occupational challenges contribute to weight gain. Research shows that about half of American nurses are living with obesity or are overweight. American Nurses Association (ANA) research via the HealthyNurse® Survey reports that nurses’ average body mass index (BMI) is 27.58, kg/m2, which falls into the overweight category. The survey finds that nurses eat about half…

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