The number of obese patients has been continuously rising in today’s affluent societies, thus becoming an ever increasing health problem. The professional health care and nursing care staff is facing great challenges. Due to their physical condition, obese patients suffer from comborbid diseases more frequently and are exposed to greater risks like decubitus ulcers, intertrigo, pneumonia and thrombosis. Therfore, it is indispensable for the professional health care and nursing care staff to ensure adquate positioning of the patients, provide prophylactic measures and properly mobilize morbidly obese patients. Specific measures to be taken by the professional health and nursing staff and special equipment for the treatment of obese patients help facilitate daily nursing routine. However, not only do practical aspects play a vital role in everyday nursing activities. Interaction between the morbidly obese patients and the professional staff is of equal importance. Attention should be paid to that the overweight patients are handled with great empathy, dignity and respect. From the nursing staff’s view, it is essential to offer the obese patients specific counselling in terms of nutrition, physical exercises and behaviour changes, as counselling and information are considered focal nursing interventions.