I cannot believe the amount of excuses touted on here for people being overweight, or the studies done that basically say 'being obese is OK, obese people should blah blah...' I can't believe people are still in denial about their weight. It's like the big people are looking for ANY study or excuse to say it's OK for them to be big!
And as to medications causing weight problems, my gf's thyroid gave up 10 years ago, and she TOLD ME HERSELF that she only put on about 5-10 kg, so instead of leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a good weight for her, she gave up instead, and just eats c**p now, doesn't exercise, still smokes, etc - her hubby & daughter are just as bad. She denies any depression. I had not seen her for about 20 years and was appalled at all the junk she was eating, and shoving into her mouth. She'd just done shopping and her cart/trolley was full of stuff you fry and frozes meals. She also told me her 10 year old daughter is now overweight too but didn't seem really concerned about it. My gf also has joint problems now and denies her weight is causing it.
The medication excuse is just that: I'm on meds and that's why I'm overweight. Sure you may put on some weight, but that does not stop you leading a healthy lifestyle and exercising. I'm on meds but I never use that as an excuse for extra kilos. I always gain weight in winter (less exercise), and lose a heap in summer.
You only have to look at obese people to know they aren't healthy. I was standing beside a huge woman the other day, and she could hardly stand or breathe for that matter. I felt sorry for her, but unfortunately this is what happens when people don't look after themselves.
I believe you can be a bit OVERWEIGHT and be healthy, but being obese is an entirely different matter. And I've worked with obese nurses who sat down a lot inbetween duties, c/o sore feet, sore knees, etc and don't seem to register that it's their weight that MAY be causing it. And I resent obese people sitting down when I've asked them to do duties, which I have to end up doing myself because they can't see that their weight is slowing them down. And peoples, you can't sit down in nursing! It's not going to happen, or will rarely happen so don't get used to it!
I think too many people live in denial re their weight and don't want to make even the slightest change to their life. And you don't have to make too many. My Dad knows one man who just cut all his intake in half and lost 50 or 60 kgs in one year. He didn't make any other changes to his lifestyle except walking for half an hour neary every day. His BP went down and he felt healthier.
I just get fed up with the obese nurses - and obese people - moaning and complaining to anyone who will listen: I was born fat, I don't know how I got like this, I don't like being overweight, it's my glands that cause this, God my knees hurt!! - excuse after excuse. It's like they are all little babies who we have to pat on the back, and lie to, like: Don't worry, your weight isn't the problem, I will do your work for you, that's OK.
And I'm really tired of the obese nurses/people who come to work and whine in my ear about their weight - unless u want some REALLY fair dinkum advice - I will give it to you straight and tell you that you need to lose weight, tone up, and for starters stop blaming everyone else for your weight problems. I will always help people who are motivated, but the whiners and baby whingers need to frankly grow up. You are an adult now, not a baby and your life may never be perfect, but losing weight and/or toning up isn't going to hurt you - in fact, it will very probably help you. Even toning up and doing exercise you enjoy is the key, even if you don't lose a lot of weight at first, you're still doing something to enhance your life.
Being healthy is the key, it's not just about losing weight - but we've all been brainwashed into thinking you MUST be a size 10 and be super slim to be healthy!
If you're obese and can't handle the rphysicality of nursing, either get healthier or get out of nursing.