Obesity : A Study Focused On Obesity

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A study focused on obesity published by Navaneelan and Janz (2014) concluded that, “Obesity has become one of the world’s greatest health concerns and threatens to undo gains made in life expectancy during the 20th century” (p. 1). “Obesity is defined as abnormal excessive fat accumulation that may impair health” (World Health Organization, 2015). In order to tackle the concerns of obesity, nurses should develop an understanding of the family’s needs and goals in order to determine family nursing roles. The nurse’s role of communicator, educator, and advocator may be helpful towards families dealing with obesity. The Primary health care setting may facilitate these nursing roles due to its accessibility and familiarity among families. This setting provides nurses with the opportunity to address obesity management given the frequent contact between the nurse and the families. The nurse develops a better understanding of the family’s needs and wants which in turn allows the nurse to develop nursing diagnosis, prevention and treatment interventions regarding obesity (Gordie and Brown, 2012, p.15). The purpose of this paper will emphasise the role of nurses as communicators, educators and advocators along with role challenges in supporting families with the lifestyle and conditions of obesity. Firstly, an important family nursing role for the lifestyle and condition of obesity is a communicator. Moorhead, Coates, Gallagher, Nolan, Murphy, and Hazlett (2013) established that,
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