The Problem Of Childhood Obesity

2817 Words Nov 13th, 2014 12 Pages
According to The State of Obesity (Trust for America’s Health, 2014), in the United States today, 31.8% of children are obese or overweight, 16.9% of that number are obese. Nurses are at the forefront of promoting health, so what can they do to eradicate this prevalent disease? Research by Ogden, Carroll, Kit, & Flegal (as cited in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014) states that from 1980 to 2012, the percentage of overweight or obese children more than doubled, totaling to greater than one third of all children and adolescents as overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is an epidemic that is sweeping the nation and becoming a severe problem. Besides the obvious risks of cardiovascular disease, bone and joint issues, low self esteem, sleep apnea, and pre-diabetes, overweight children also tend to stay obese into adulthood and are at risk for type II diabetes, stroke, cancer, and osteoarthritis. With the facts laid out, it is easy to see that this problem needs to be addressed. Childhood obesity is the most widespread nutritional disorder (Nauta, Byrne, & Wesley, 2009), and what is most important to recognize is that it is preventable. Nurses have the skills to and absolutely should intervene in a child’s life at the crucial time before the disease grows; they can and should be on the frontlines when it comes to prevention, assessing at-risk children, educating children and parents on nutrition and weight loss, and creating weight-loss and nutrition…
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