Nursing: Childhood Obesity: Health Effects and Approaches to Treatment, 2nd Edition

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About the Course

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A variety of factors, including family eating habits, biological issues related to weight regulation, and sociocultural and environmental influences all contribute to the condition. Obesity negatively affects both physical and mental health and can significantly reduce quality of life. This course provides nurses with a comprehensive overview of the scope and effects of childhood obesity. Assessments for obesity, resulting pathologic conditions, and evidence-based approaches to combat obesity are reviewed. Challenges faced by clinicians when promoting prevention strategies are also discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the scope and effects of childhood obesity, including contributing factors and the challenges faced by healthcare providers in their efforts to promote prevention and early treatment.
  • Discuss childhood overweight and obesity conditions, including pathophysiological changes, the assessment process, and both immediate and long-term health consequences.
  • Assist parents in choosing an evidence-based weight loss strategy for children aged 2 to 18 years.
  • Identify medical conditions that increase the risk of childhood obesity and future directions in addressing and treating childhood obesity.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Childhood Obesity, 2nd Edition.

About the Author:
Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN

Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN, completed her Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner program at Michigan State University and earned a PhD in Nursing at the University of Kentucky in 2004. Throughout her nursing career, she has had a variety of clinical experiences. She is dual board-certified in family medicine and pediatrics and is on the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Her interest in obesity across the age span began in 2000 when she became aware of the growing problem in her clinical practice. Since that time, she has published on the topic, has presented at several state conferences, and has chaired doctoral projects on child and adult obesity. She was recognized in 2014 as an outstanding nurse educator for the state of Kentucky.

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