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Obesity Case Study

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three Americans are obese (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2017). Obesity is now considered a chronic disease by The American Medical Association ( The American Medical Association [AMA], 2017). Obesity can have a big impact on a person's health because it puts you at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease (AMA,2017). Suffering from a chronic illness can also put a strain on family members. Family nurses help with chronic disease management by assessing the needs of the family and individual by creating nursing interventions. The purpose of this paper is to discuss three ways I could promote the health of the patient and the family dealing with obesity.

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A family member can be in charge of planning family activities to do every week to help the patient stay active to promote weight loss. Another family member can be in charge of making sure the the patient consume foods that are low in fat and sugar. Another family member can be in charge of being the family mediator whenever the family is going through a stressful situation because stress can cause appetite changes that leads to weight gain.

The use of rituals/routines and family time is the second health promotion I would address to the family. Expected routines and purposeful rituals are linked to better outcomes (Kaakinen, Coehlo, Steele, Tabacco, & Hanson, 2015). Nurses can collaborate with families to create everyday routines that are suited around meals, taking medications, and sleep (Kaakinen, Coehlo, Steele, Tabacco, & Hanson, 2015). I would help the patient and family establish routines/rituals to help fight and prevent obesity. First, I would develop a exercise routine that the family can participate three times a week. This would help the patient stay on track with exercising when seeing his or her family participating. Another routine I would establish is family meal time. The patient and family would be encouraged to eat frequent healthy meals at the table together as a family. Eating frequent healthy meals will help promote weight loss especially when the patient's family member is eating with the
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