Nursing: Obesity and Eating Disorders: Challenges for Care

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About the Course

Eating disorders and obesity are problems nurses confront on a regular basis. This course provides current information about the disorders, triggers, and strategies to help clients recover from eating disorders and overcome obesity and achieve and maintain a normal weight for their height and age.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Define the various recognized eating disorders.
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of recognized eating disorders.
  • Explain possible factors that influence the development of eating disorders.
  • Correlate the clinical presentation of recognized eating disorders with their pathophysiology.
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for recognized eating disorders.
  • Discuss treatment interventions for recognized eating disorders.
  • Identify nursing interventions for clients with recognized eating disorders.
  • Describe other specified feeding or eating disorders.
  • Define obesity.
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of obesity in the United States.
  • Identify the causes of obesity.
  • Explain the consequences of obesity in adults and children.
  • State interventions to prevent and reduce obesity in adults and children.
  • Explain the dangers of fad diets and quick weight loss schemes.
  • Discuss options for weight loss surgery.
  • Identify nursing interventions for clients with obesity.

About the Author:
Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MS in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care, physical medicine, and rehabilitation settings and has held leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development.

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