Prevalence of overweight and obesity among nurses in Scotland: A cross-sectional study using the Scottish Health Survey

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“… findings have important implications for health promotion policy, nurse education, and the development of supportive workplace interventions for nurses. …”

International Journal of Nursing Studies

Volume 53, January 2016, Pages 126–133

Background:

Increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity represents a global pandemic. As the largest occupational group in international healthcare systems nurses are at the forefront of health promotion to address this pandemic.

However, nurses own health behaviours are known to influence the extent to which they engage in health promotion and the public’s confidence in advice offered. Estimating the prevalence of overweight and obesity among nurses is therefore important.

However, to date, prevalence estimates have been based on non-representative samples and internationally no studies have compared prevalence of overweight and obesity among nurses to other healthcare professionals using representative data.

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