Obesity is a health issue that we are going to discuss in this case. The target population is children are most prone to diabetes. The Center for Disease Control asserts that roughly 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and juveniles aged 2—19 years suffer from obesity. Since 1980, obesity frequency amid boys and teenagers has virtually tripled (CDC, 2012). Nurses in the present day face a significant challenge an ever growing trend in overweight and obese children, and they have more responsibility to advocate for help and even support them. Promotion of health is one of the most significant aspects of nursing and regardless of the circumstance a nurse finds himself in; they have the authority and power to incite change. The issue of childhood obesity is discussed throughout the paper including relevant programs and policies that advocate for ameliorating the pandemic. Public policy nonetheless ought to address the rising concern provoked by childhood obesity in the contemporary society.
Childhood obesity is a major public health epidemic which has significantly risen over the past three decades and there is no chance in sight of slowing it down unless real action is taken. This major health crisis continues to reduce individuals’ quality of life and has caused severe health problem like heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States and around the world. In most cases, obese children grow up to be an obese adult. The prevalence of childhood obesity can be addressed through education initiatives such as school prevention programs because children spent a majority of their time outside of the home at school, therefore school provides a great opportunity to educate and improve a child’s health at an ideal point before the problem gets worst. My paper will focus on childhood obesity prevention in Hill Top Middle school Lodi, New Jersey.
In 2015, we estimated that 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults were obese worldwide (The GBD 2015 Obesity Collaborators. 2017.). These numbers will continue to rise because of many reasons. There are quite a few families that rely on convenience, so instead of cooking a healthy home cooked meal some families will eat fast food simply because it is easy and quick. Some families may not have time because they are busy with work or other social activities. As a nurse, we can educate parents and their children about healthy lifestyles like eating habits and the importance of
Obesity in adults can lead to an increased chance of obesity in children (Yipu, de Groh, M & Morrison, H, 2013). It is important that nurses focus on educating and preventing childhood obesity, and not just treatment or medication solutions. Providing benefits and support to families through public policies forms a base for healthy childhood development. Nurses can prevent obesity by providing high quality early child education regardless of parents’ wealth. Nurses should focus on a primary heath care setting in order to look at the situation as a whole and emphasize health promotion and prevention care in a community/population. It is also important for parents to understand the health risks their children face by them being obese, such as hypertension, risk of stroke, etc. Nurses should advocate for laws that protect the rights of minority groups, particularly concerning employment rights and health care accessibly. Nurse should be aware on the social determinants of health so they can educate and provide the tools to be successful. By understanding how the social determinants of health can affect their patient, nurses can strengthen their communication and also advocate for their patients by finding strategies to assist them. Public health nursing is essential to provide awareness and education to promote the health of the community. Nurses need to
In this assignment, I will critically appraise obesity and reflect on the implications this has in paediatric nursing. I will consider government response to this issue and critically appraise the Obesity Plan, as well as discussing the recommendations from the bold and brave document prior to the plan. I will be reflecting on how this issue impacts upon children’s nurses now and in the future taking into consideration the impacts of policy implementation.
Childhood obesity is increasing at rates that have alarmed health care researchers, public health agencies, medical providers, and the general public as the incidence has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years (Ogden, Carroll, Kit, Flegal, 2014). The problem is complex, as it involves the diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds of children and the necessity for multi-agency involvement and coordination to effect the needed change. Public health nurses can play a major role in the prevention of this epidemic as they are out in the community and are able to contact individuals at home, school and workplace settings to provide health screenings and education regarding nutrition and
Childhood obesity is a global pandemic requiring prioritization in policy and health care reform. It has many effects on acute and long term health, including increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer. This paper addresses my personal interest in childhood obesity, the relevance to nursing, problem sources, empirical evidence critique, evidence-based practice options, sites to keep current, and prioritizing the level of action to best accomplish the goal of
A serious health problem that is slowly taking of the United States is childhood obesity. Obesity is weight that is higher than what is considered a healthy weight for a given height. Obesity is a great example of a current health problem that can relate to the three prevention strategies.
Since 1980 the rates of child obesity have more than tripled which has caused a growing pandemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Out of all the young children and adolescents within the age group of two through nineteen about 12.7 million are obese. That is the equivalent of about 17% of America’s population that is suffering from childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is too prevalent in all American households. Childhood obesity is detrimental on a national scale, since it has been growing at a steady rate in the United States of children not reaching the daily-recommended physical activity, the absence of a balanced diet with overconsumption of eating, and more critically the increase of type 2 diabetes.
The obesity epidemic is at an all-time high as evidenced by the fact that there are more overweight and obese people than those of healthy weight in the U.S. today. Many political, medical and surgical interventions have proven to be largely unsuccessful. There has only been marginal success with government led nutritional initiatives such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. The key to ending this obesity epidemic lies within health promotion. Nurses possess the essential skills and training developed from nursing practice to use health promotion and preventative health care to target at risk clients and communities before obesity develops. Through teaching, especially children what foods they should eat and the right portion size we can save the next generation from an obesity epidemic.
In the United States alone children’s health is rapidly deteriorating. Since the early 1980’s childhood obesity in America has skyrocketed, leaving overweight children in danger. While obesity is defined as the condition of being very fat or overweight. One third of children “qualify as obese” (Davies), and meet the criteria to be labeled as “overweight as a result of poor eating habits, and a minimal amount of physical exercise. However, the lack of knowledge parents possess surrounding childhood obesity is determent to youngster future. When dealing with such an austere problem as obesity, parents should become more knowledgeable, supportive, and increase family activities to diminish childhood obesity.
“The percentage of children aged 6–12 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012” (cdc.gov). Subsequently, the obesity epidemic has continued to increase over the past few years in the United States. There are many different aspects that have contributed to the obesity epidemic. For example, many people today choose to be convenient instead of eating healthy, which results in the consummation of processed foods. Processed foods have a significant effect on the risk of obesity. With a current society always on the go, adults and children have become more susceptible to junk and fast foods. As a result this has caused an increase in the energy intake which results in storing fat thus gaining weight. In addition, having less to no physical activity is also a contributor to obesity. For example, sixty minutes of physical activity is needed for the prevention of obesity (ncbi.gov). These contributions to obesity results into the many different health risk. With this in mind, I believe as a student, schools have the influence to help prevent young students from childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is a condition where a child has unnecessary grossly fat. Many children who are overweight suffer from medical to self-esteem issues. These issues can have a big impact on a child’s educational success. Therefore, there are ways that schools can get involved to help prevent young students of becoming obese and in the process help students
Childhood obesity is a disease where excess body fat affects a child's health or wellbeing. With the number of children affected by the disease increasing, it is important to understand the consequences. Not only will obesity influence a child’s physical heath, but it can also affect their emotional and social health as well. Acknowledging that obesity is a preventable disease should help lower the number of children affected by it. It is not about dieting; it is a lifestyle change that should be adopted and practiced by the whole family. Being obese increases a child's risk of being an obese adult. I will argue that parent education regarding the physical and emotional effects of childhood obesity can protect the lives of children.
The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s (“Healthy Schools.”). Childhood obesity is a medical condition that affects children and teenagers who contain excess body fat. This condition is very common today, having about 3 million cases per year (“Healthy Schools.”). A sign that a child is suffering from obesity is when their weight is well above the average for a child’s height and age. Today about one in five school children, ages 6-19, are obese (“Healthy Schools.”). I will be addressing the causes, health complications, treatments, controversy, and supporting obese students.
This section of the evaluation describes the population and sample, sampling procedures, instrumentation, data collection procedures, and analysis process of the evaluation. Given the enormity of the obesity epidemic, the question arises as to where efforts should be focused to most effectively address to the problem. The most effective strategy to combat the obesity epidemic would be to develop and employ prevention and intervention plan targeted towards children and adolescents. As it has been found that behavioral change is an essential component of both prevention and management programs for childhood obesity, we identify this age group as these are the formative years in setting the foundation for better life choices. By targeting this group, research has found that they are far more receptive and responsive to efforts directed at changing behavior, increases the likelihood that positive results will be achieved. In this effort we have gathered quantitative and qualitative data that has produced the best methods for this evaluation; and it will enable further design and development of other programs and initiatives at the conclusion of this assessment.