Childhood Obesity

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With the increasing amount of obesity in children, schools need to address the growing epidemic that is getting worse. Since 95% of children attend school, nurses who provide care in school settings should take advantage of the ability to reach out to such a high percentage of the youth population. According to the study done by Kubik, Story, and Davey (2007), 76% of school nurses believe they should support the use of school health services for obesity prevention, but results showed that school nurses rarely provided the care that would be necessary (p.506). Primary and secondary preventative services such as promoting healthy programs, communication with families, recording BMIs, and education would change the ways schools are tackling obesity. School nurses currently spend a lot of time tending to immediate medical needs and dispensing medication, but school nurses will need to become educators and strong advocates for change in the school system (Kubik, Story & Davey, 2007, p.507).
Lack of physical exercise and poor nutrition are the two primary causes of obesity. Children spend a large majority of the day in school, but many lack programs that promote physical exercise and healthy eating. Nurses should work with the school’s food services to create healthier lunches, prevent unhealthy snacks from being sold, and eliminate the use of food as an incentive and reward. According to Schanzenbach (2008), students who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese than those who eat lunches packed at home (p.685). This is so because parents control what their child is eating. Schools should not allow children to be able to purchase unhealthy foods and instead should be promoting healthier options. According to a report pertaining ...

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...les of the youth in America when there are so many adverse factors compelling children to have poor physical exercise and nutrition.

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School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. (2011). MMWR Recommendations & Reports, 60(RR-5), 1-78.
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