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Editorial

The Last Taboo?

Anne Katz
ONF 2014, 41(5), 455 DOI: 10.1188/14.ONF.455

Nursing has addressed many taboo topics—death and dying, fertility, and most recently sexuality (but more work still needs to be done!). However, there remains one topic that is barely mentioned despite overwhelming evidence that it plays an important role in both the development of cancer as well as cancer recurrence: obesity.

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Han, K., Trinkoff, A., Storr, C., & Geiger-Brown, J. (2011). Job stress and work schedules in relation to nurse obesity. <i>Journal of Nursing Administration, 41</i>, 488-495.

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Prynne, M. (2014). Overweight doctors and nurses told to slim down by NHS chief. <i>The Telegraph.</i> Retrieved from <a target="_blank" href='http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10999437/Overweight-doctors-and-nu...

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