The relationship among registered nurses' weight status, weight loss regimens, and successful or unsuccessful weight loss

J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2011 Feb;23(2):110-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2010.00583.x. Epub 2011 Jan 11.


Purpose: To investigate relationships between body mass index (BMI), personality type, weight loss regimens, and successful or unsuccessful weight loss.

Data sources: Seven hundred and twenty-one registered nurses (RNs) were recruited from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the membership of a nursing honor society, and RNs at a large state university. Participants completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a demographic survey (age, gender, height, weight, ethnicity, education status, disability, shift work hours, and prescription medication use), and questions related to their weight status, weight loss attempts, and motivation.

Conclusions: RNs who had a lower BMI were more successful in losing weight than RNs who had a higher BMI. They were also more successful in their weight loss attempts if they did not use a diet regimen.

Implications for practice: RNs who were successful in losing weight did not use a specified dietary regimen.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Image
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Nurse Practitioners / statistics & numerical data
  • Nursing Staff / psychology
  • Nursing Staff / statistics & numerical data*
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Self Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Weight Loss*
  • Young Adult