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How Health & Wellness Impacts Healthcare Practioners


Unfortunately, there is very little current data regarding healthcare and allied health professionals and their own health.  These statistics are all prior to 2012, and as America's overall health and wellness continues to decline, so does that of those providing healthcare.  


A 2008 study suggests that 54% of nurses are overweight or obese. 53% report that they are overweight but lack the motivation to make lifestyle changes. Although 93% of nurses acknowledge that overweight and obesity are diagnoses requiring intervention, 76% do not pursue the topic with overweight and obese patients.


In 2012, a Nursing Outlook study suggests that 72.2% of nurses reported a lack of exercise, 53.8%,  report an irregular meal pattern. The average body mass index (BMI) was 28.3, 59.2% either or obese. BMI had a significant inverse relationship with having a regular meal schedule and the amount of time spent exercising. Participants who reported greater stress had more irregular meal schedules. The most frequently used stress-release method was eating.

Cardiac Health

An AHA study suggests that Social workers were 36% more likely to have poor heart health.

Women in some health care roles were up to 16% more likely to have poor heart health, especially in the areas of nursing and psychiatry and home health aides.


Registered nurses had a 14% increased risk of poor cardiovascular health.


A Journal of Nursiing Scholarship article suggests a  significant difference in confidence was noted between participants who viewed the image of a weight‐appropriate nurse and participants who viewed the image of an overweight nurse.



According to the 2007 Physicians Health Study, 40% of 19,000 doctors were overweight and 23% were obese.3 

Overweight and obese physicians report that they are concerned that patients do not trust weight loss advice coming from, whereas normal weight physicians are more confident that their advice makes an impact and that they can be models for weight-related behaviors.4



A 2014 study suggests that 34% of physicians are overweight, compared to 35% of the general U.S. population

8% of physicians identify themselves as obese, with a body mass index equal to or exceeding 30

Most overweight or obese physicians, roughly 4%, eat a "typical American" diet consisting of meat and white carbs most days and a high amount of fat

16 %of overweight or obese physicians eat weight-loss or calorie-restriction diets


Chronic Illness

Little information is available on the prevalence of chronic physical and mental illness in physicians either in North America or in the United Kingdom. 


30% have concomitant chronic physical illness.


Only 5% have ever taken time off work for reasons related to this illness.


This finding supports assumptions that the true prevalence of chronic illness in this population may be underreported, and it suggests that physicians often , carry on and adapt before accepting their illness.​


A 2011 study suggests that 

overweight and obese patients are 79% and 69% less likely to trust weight loss advice from overweight and obese doctors.


Overweight and obese patients are 75% and 64% more likely to trust weight loss advice from normal weight doctors. 


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