The Determinants Of Health And Wellbeing

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The Determinants of Health & Wellbeing
Public Health of an individual

The purpose of this assignment is to analyse a public health issue that is an occurring issue with a service user I have come in contact with during practice. Obesity is the public health issue that will be discussed and the policy that relates to it ‘Reducing obesity and improving diet’ which was published by (Department of Health, 2013). This policy addresses the public health issue and provides ideas for change to reduce obesity within the United Kingdom. It will then link to how this policy has been applied to the public through the promotion of the ‘Change4Life’ programme. Cognitive therapy will be discussed and how research evidence highlights its effectiveness as a talking therapy to help maintain control over obesity. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council guidance (NMC) (2008).

The patient that will be discussed was omitted to hospital with gallstones but treatment was also being arranged to help reduce her weight and gain control over her diet. The patient was suffering depression and appeared low in mood. The patient was female, 40 years of age and classed as obese. It has been established that obesity increases the risk of developing gallstones due to high cholesterol (Atilli, 2011). Obesity is defined as having excessive amounts of fat that could affect a person’s health (World Health Organisation, 2013).

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