5 THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT A NURSES WEIGHT
It’s true whether you want to hear it or not
Nurses gain weight during the course of their careers.
You might counter that with, “most people gain weight over the course of their careers” which I will have to agree with you on that. However speaking about a single group as a whole, nurses will inevitably gain weight because of these 5 things.
Nursing school. Going to nursing school, really sets nurses up for weight gain from the get go. The reason is because of the way nursing school is set up. Many are enrolled in school full time while going to work full time, which leaves little time for oneself or any fitness. This begins the cycle.
Once a nurse is out of school and it is time to find a job, it often means starting at the bottom or the least liked unit or shift. Creating self respect issues. Although expected in any new career, it often demeans you as a person, ignoring that you have any life outside of the job. (Again not solely a nursing dilemma)
Stress. A nurses role is working to help heal other people. Many of these people are not really taking care of themselves which is frustrating. We work with the “medical team” many who are often of the elite mindset, (you know who you are) At times a nurse is expected to expose themselves to dangerous diseases even when they are pregnant. Stress, brings on the cortisol, cortisol is associated with fat production and retention. I would have to say that this is the number one cause of weight gain.
Shift work. Plain and simple it messes with your circadian rhythms and your body does not know if it is coming or going.
Nurses like to celebrate each other. Whether it is a birthday a shower or going away party, we celebrate with FOOD…..Eating all the crap that your coworkers bring in, sometimes to celebrate but other times just to be nice will in the end show up on your end.