Jude Emego

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Honors Thesis


Nurses’ obesity due to stress factors is a prevalent concern. This study was conducted to examine school stress and other contributing factors of obesity in nurses such as shift work, family issue and exercise habit. This descriptive study was conducted on 42 registered nurses (RN-BSN, MSN, or PhD) who are continuing their education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Subject height and weight were taken, and questionnaires were used to collect biographical data and other pertinent information on obesity, family, work schedule and health habits. IBM statistical Package for Social Science was used in the data analysis. The participants comprised mostly of females (83%), mean age ranges from 20-40 years, with majority of white (50%). All the respondents are working and continuing their education. A total of 68.3% were married and 54.7% of them had children. Seventy-two percent of the respondent work 36 or more hours per week. About 50% reported stress from work schedule, 55% reported making time to exercise while 40.5% denied taking part in an exercise activity or exercising to a maximum of 30 minutes per week. Close to half of the respondents (47.6%) stated they have gained weight since starting school. This study noted that going to school is associated with stress and weight gain, and thus about half (51.3%) of the nurses were overweight/obese. This study recommended that Fitbit and weight trainers be provided in hospitals and schools.

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