Stress, Obesity and Selected Health Problems among Nursing Professionals
Keywords:Stress, Obesity, Selected health problems, Nursing professionals.
Background: Obesity and stress go hand in hand with one another. However, obesity is never the real
problem. The real cause of obesity is usually hidden beneath the surface. It will generally turn out to be
stress, boredom, pressure, poor self image, and tense lifestyle. As the person feels and things going on
around them affect what they eat. People learn to eat as a way to cope with stress.
Objective: This study aimed to correlate stress, obesity and selected health problems among nursing
professionals in Belgaum city, Karnataka.
Methods: Researcher adopted quantitative research approach with non-experimental research design. The
present study was conducted among 75 nursing professionals of selected organizations of Belgaum city.
Samples were selected by using purposive and snow-ball sampling technique for the study and data are
collected through a self-administered questionnaire and analyzed concurrently.
Results: Findings revealed that majority i.e. 56 (74.7%) of nursing professionals suffering with mild level of
stress and 10(13.3%) with moderate level of stress. Regarding obesity majority 69(92%) of them had a normal
BMI and 4(5.3%) and 2(2.7%) had overweight and obese accordingly. About health problems 59(78.7%) of
them were suffering with mild and 16(21.3%) with moderate degree of selected health problems. There was
a positive correlation between level of stress and selected health problems (r= 0.5495). There is a very low
positive correlation between level of obesity and selected health problems (r= 0.026) and there is a negative
correlation between level of stress and obesity (r= -0.026). There was significant association between level
of stress and demographic variables such as monthly income, type of family, occupation of family members,
monthly family income, pattern of diet, years of experience at work and habits. Regards to obesity age, sex,
education and years of experience at work has significant association with obesity. About selected health
problems monthly income has significant association with selected health problems.