Nursing the Obese Back to Health

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“With the chronic obesity in America, it’s more important than ever to not only feed the kids healthy foods but to teach them how to make healthy choices on their own,” Jennie Garth said, ultimately so, for the future health of our nation. In order to help the children of this nation become more educated, we must reach out to the parental public. It is an increasingly important responsibility for healthcare providers to get more involved with their patients’ lifestyles. Today’s nurses are at the frontline of patient care and with these changes in healthcare it is nursing students our nation should be focusing on to educate on how to help others help themselves, prevent or decrease obesity within their families. That being said, the following research shows ways to better understand the problem the United States faces with a rise in childhood obesity, how nursing students view obesity and research showing methods in which they should be dealing with obese patients, and why childhood obesity most evident in poverty stricken communities. Before one can truly understand the problem this nation faces with rising obesity and decide how to prevent it further, one must fully understand what obesity is and how it has come about. It is said that once one understands a problem, the solution becomes clear. Research shows that many people are not aware of what is causing this obesity and therefore, are incapable of properly preventing it in their children. For purposes of this paper, it is even more important to be sure that the future health care providers of our nation, nurses specifically, are well informed of the causes and effects of obesity and are prepared to battle this problem once they are hired into the workforce in order to detect... ... middle of paper ... ...he future, I have hope that future nursing students will become more educated in the matter and come up with ways to help improve prevention of this epidemic we call obesity. Works Cited Keyworth, C., Peters, S., Chisholm, A., & Hart, J. (2013). Nursing students’ perceptions of obesity and behaviour change: Implications for undergraduate nurse education. Nurse Education Today, 33(5), 481-485. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2012.05.016 Newson, L., Povey, R., Casson, A., & Grogan, S. (2013). The experiences and understandings of obesity: Families’ decisions to attend a childhood obesity intervention. Psychology & Health, 28(11), 1287-1305. doi:10.1080/08870446.2013.803106 Obesity. (2012). ISNA Bulletin, 38(2), 9-15. Vital signs: obesity among low-income, preschool-aged children - United States, 2008-2011. (2013). MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, 62(31), 629-634.

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