Childhood Obesity : An Adult Condition

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In the past, obesity was thought of as an adult condition; however, in the past ten years childhood obesity has increased at alarming rates. World Health Organization, defines obesity as “excessive fat accumulation that may impair health” and is related to conditions such as type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and psychological impairments (Rabbitt & Coyne, 2012, p. 731). For the nurse to be successful in any family nursing position, she or he will need to understand the concepts of family nursing which are based on three foundational components including how the family is defined, the components of family health, and the elements of a healthy family (Kaakinen, 2010, p. 4). Family nurse’ take on various roles; however, primary school-aged childhood obesity has emphasized the need for family nurses to act as advocates of healthy living, educators for health literacy and collaborators in health accessibility. As an advocate, educator, and collaborator, the nurse can face barriers such as overcoming societal norms and patient sensitivity, negative parental role influences, and limited resources. However, the nurse can be effective by implementing interventions such as the use of motivational interventions (MI), and by collaborating care with the family’s community. Societal norms have changed, which reflects changing personal beliefs regarding the ideals of healthy weights. According to Steele et al. (2011), society has seen an “increased in sedentary behaviour,

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