Childhood Obesity Essay

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Ethical Principles on Childhood Obesity Grand Canyon University: Nurs 508- Ethics, Policy, and Finance in the Health Care System August 15, 2013 Aspects of Childhood Obesity Previously Addressed Childhood obesity is one of the most “serious public health challenges of the 21st century (World Health Organization [WHO], 2013). Childhood obesity is causing a wide range of health problems that were not previously seen until adulthood (American Heart Association [AHA], 2013). Children who are obese are more prone to greater health problems as adults including: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, high cholesterol, and cancer (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2013). The increase in health problems in the young children, the health care cost continues to rise. National health care spending on obesity is nearing $150 billion annually in the United States (National Conference of State Legislature [NCSL], 2011). There are many health policies in place that promote healthy eating and nutrition. One policy is from the National Association of State Boards of Education. This goal of this policy for schools to share responsibility with families and communities in helping students meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Prevention is important and a pivotal issue for not only the United States but globally (WHO, 2013). Presenting information to parents on how to prevent obesity is important. Physicians and nurses need to educate and give parents information in making informed choices. It is important not to force their personal opinion and respect ones’ autonomy. Showing compassion and assisting others in making healthy choices is another ethical principle (beneficence). Differentiate how application of ethical principles has resulted in population disparities Two ethical principles that raise much concern over the issue of obesity are

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