Friday, October 23, 2015

Nurses, obesity and disability

A recent story about a nurse in the UK stirs some serious questions.

Nurse Carol Sykes could barely walk let alone care for people. A size 34 at 5ft 4in, she was morbidly obese with diabetes, gout and arthritis. 

Her wake-up call was when she  forced to give up the job she loved.

“I was in horrendous pain and it got to the point where I couldn’t even walk,” she says.
She was off work for three months and swapped day shifts for night ones. “The patients were usually in bed most of the night so there was less rushing around”.

A retreat in Spain, which combines exercise, mind coaching, healthy eating and juicing helped her shed the weight and return to working as a nurse. 

She states, “It’s amazing because I never wanted to leave in the first place.”

How many nurses are becoming disabled due to obesity?  Do you know nurses who are giving up positions due to obesity and related disabilities?

The obesity epidemic is real....

What can we do?

Love to hear your thoughts!

With thanks,

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