Vol. 3 No. 2 (2024): evolution of vascular access

The Prevalence of overweight nurses in Italy: a systematic review

Antonio Brusini
AUSL Modena, Italy
Simone Tersigni
Emergency Room, ASST Cremona, Italy
Danilo Curatolo
UO Nephrology and Dialysis, Ospedale di Pavullo, AUSL Modena, Italy
Mattia Giacomuzzi Trepiccione
Surgical Compartment, IRCCS Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Benedetta Papotti
Reggio Emilia, Italy

Published 2024-06-01


  • Obesity,
  • Overweight in nurses,
  • Nurses Lifestyle,
  • BMI


Introduction: A nurse is a healthcare professional who deals with health in an increasingly older world, and it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of overweight nurses and make a comparison with the general population.
Methods: A systematic review was performed on PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, and Cinahl Plus; only primary studies conducted in Italy were considered, starting from 01/01/2013.
Results: The range of nurses with BMI ≥ 25 ranged from 29.6% to over 62%. Shi work, especially night shi s, is a risk factor for incurring a BMI ≥ 25.
Conclusions: It is important to seek a policy of reducing the BMI among nurses, as the nursing population faces the risk of incurring overweight and obesity conditions, even if in smaller terms than the general population.


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