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Reasons for Doing Physical Exercise Mediating in the Role of Self-Esteem in Uncontrolled Eating in Nursing Personnel

Version 1 : Received: 20 January 2019 / Approved: 22 January 2019 / Online: 22 January 2019 (10:56:07 CET)

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Pérez-Fuentes, M.C.; Molero Jurado, M.M.; Simón Márquez, M.M.; Gázquez Linares, J.J. The Reasons for Doing Physical Exercise Mediate the Effect of Self-Esteem on Uncontrolled Eating Amongst Nursing Personnel. Nutrients 2019, 11, 302. Pérez-Fuentes, M.C.; Molero Jurado, M.M.; Simón Márquez, M.M.; Gázquez Linares, J.J. The Reasons for Doing Physical Exercise Mediate the Effect of Self-Esteem on Uncontrolled Eating Amongst Nursing Personnel. Nutrients 2019, 11, 302.

Journal reference: Nutrients 2019, 11, 302
DOI: 10.3390/nu11020302

Abstract

Background: Since the beginning of the 20th century, the importance of creating healthy work environments and promoting the health of workers in the healthcare sector to create Healthy and Resilient Organizations has been emphasized. In this context, self-esteem is an essential construct which influences health and healthy life styles, and therefore, the general wellbeing of nurses. The objective of this study was to analyze the mediating role of reasons for exercising in the effect that self-esteem has on uncontrolled eating by nursing professionals. Methods: The sample was made up of 1094 nurses who were administered the Rosenberg General Self-esteem Scale, the Goal Content for Exercise Questionnaire and the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire-R18. Results: Bivariate correlation analysis and multiple mediation analysis showed that self-esteem has direct and indirect effects on uncontrolled eating. More so, self-esteem predicts doing physical exercise to improve one’s image, recognition and social affiliation, although the effects on uncontrolled eating were only significant through image. Conclusions: The results have important practical implications in the framework of Positive Occupational Health Psychology (POHP) as it emphasizes self-esteem, physical exercise and eating as essential aspects of the health and wellbeing of employees in the healthcare sector, highlighting the importance of creating organizations committed to promoting the psychosocial health of their workers.

Subject Areas

eating; exercise; self-esteem; nursing

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