Childhood Obesity Essay

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Childhood Obesity: Primary Prevention Natella Rusu Grand Canyon University: NRS-427V March 28, 2014 Childhood obesity: Primary Prevention Today, childhood obesity has become not just a health issue, but a spreading epidemic. The main health concerns for overweight and obese children can lead to long term consequences of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol level, and emotional imbalance. The concept of primary prevention of diseases is to educate the public on health risk factors for certain diseases and promote healthy lifestyle . According to Edelman and Mandel (2010), the health promotion is " the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health". This paper will summarize community teaching, epidemiological rational , nursing diagnosis, and will include the evaluation of the teaching experience of the obesity issue amongst children. Community Teaching "The purpose of health education is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health" (UWLC, 2014). In addition, it improves health of not only individuals and families, but the communities in general which enhances the quality of life. Primary prevention reduces the costs of medical treatments for individuals, communities, insurance companies, and medical facilities. In preparation of educating for this particular focus group of parents and school-aged children on the risks factors of obesity, a focus group will be set up. In order to achieve this goal, time and effort needs to be given by the educator and the participants of this activity. Some supplies that need to be provided are handouts including nutrition and exercise for obesity risks and prevention strategies. Nutrition/exercises handouts educate what individuals should consume, and

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