Nursing: Childhood Obesity: Prevention and Treatment from Conception to Adolescence, 2nd Edition

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About the Course

Evidence indicates that many risk factors of childhood obesity can be identified during the period of conception to 2 years of age. It is critical that nurses working with children and families understand the nutritional needs of children in each developmental stage to positively affect prevention efforts and promote healthy eating patterns early in life. This course reviews factors from the prenatal period through late adolescence that contribute to obesity and challenges faced when promoting healthy nutrition with each age group. Food choices, modeling behaviors and sociocultural and environmental influences are discussed, and evidence-based treatment approaches are presented.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the prenatal period and infant nutrition as the cornerstone of prevention of childhood obesity.
  • Discuss recommended nutrition for toddlers, factors associated with overweight and obesity, and appropriate nursing interventions to help parents promote healthy eating with toddlers.
  • Discuss nutritional recommendations for preschoolers and the challenges in meeting nutritional needs and establishing healthy eating behaviors for preschoolers.
  • Discuss the nutritional needs, developmental influences, and issues that affect weight parameters in children aged 6 to 11 years, along with the nurse‚Äôs role in supporting healthy nutrition for children in this age group.
  • Discuss nutrition recommendations and developmental influences that affect the promotion of healthy eating behaviors in adolescents.
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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