“People who take care of others (Hospital workers) on a regular basis are generally less likely to take care of themselves,” lead author Dr. Shreela Sharma said in a press release. “The focus of hospitals is on patient care, so sometimes the workers’ own care can take a back seat.”
Researchers surveyed 924 workers, many of whom identified themselves as hospital administrators or technicians, at six hospitals in Texas from 2012 to 2013. They found that 78 percent of participants were overweight or obese, and 65 percent reported living a sedentary lifestyle with zero days of vigorous physical activity. In addition, 48 percent said they did not partake in moderate physical activity.