A study says 78 percent of Houston’s medical personnel fit into this category, and it’s not a phat honor

A portion of Houston's Medical Center can be seen from the campus of Rice University Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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It’s a fat one.

According to a study by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 78 percent of employees in Houston’s hospitals are overweight or obese.

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Six hospitals were polled, and nearly 925 responses were provided.

Shreela Sharma , Ph.D., R.D., and first author on the study, said the finds were higher than the national average, but not shocking.

“Regardless, it is troubling because these are hospital employees active in the workforce and we need them to be healthy,” Sharma said. “Because obesity is linked to so many cardiometabolic risks, such as elevated glucose and lipids, this calls for immediate intervention to prevent chronic diseases.”

The conclusions of the study may show a lack of hospital employers understanding the health needs of their employees.

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“People who take care of others on a regular basis are generally less likely to take care of themselves. The focus of hospitals is on patient care, so sometimes the workers’ own care can take a back seat.”

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