Obesity Prevention and The Nurse´s Role

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Role of the Nurse in preventing Obesity It cannot be denied that obesity is a growing problem in today’s modern society. Individuals with obesity face many complications in their lives, such as heart complications, diabetes, osteoarthritis and of course, early mortality. However, the astonishing thing is that obesity is a preventable disease. According to (the Department of Health, 2005, p.6), 39% of Irish adults are overweight, and 18% are classified as obese. The main factors in causing obesity are poor diet, lack of activity and family genetics. Poor diet and lack of activity can easily be prevented, thus combatting obesity and improving the family genetics for future generations. The report (Obesity, a growing problem?, 2011, p. 2) illustrates that the causes of obesity are characterised as a natural reaction to an un-natural situation. The nurse has an important role in obesity prevention. Nurses, with their advanced care and medical knowledge can make a significant difference to the lives of those who are obese. This topic was chosen because the epidemic of obesity is growing increasingly more serious for a disease that can be prevented. Health promotion is especially important when trying to tackle obesity. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its detriments, herby improving their lifestyle. (WHO, 2005). It encourages healthy living and supplies education about the body and how to keep it healthy. (Naidoo and
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