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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/580240
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Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Article
Level of Evidence:
Literature Review
Research Approach:
N/A
Title:
Obesity in America
Author(s):
Boualaoui, Ihsane
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Phi
Author Details:
Ihsane Boualaoui, BSN, RN
Abstract:

During recent years, tremendous efforts have been made to combat the issue of obesity. Health care professionals warned of the danger of obesity and its negative effects on the individuals’ health. Policy makers sensed the heaviness of the issue and its impact on the economy. Government, medical experts, researchers, health care team members and even individuals implemented many strategies to address this matter. Yet, statistics reflected a constant increase in obesity trends throughout the country. Sharpe (2013) reported an increase in adult obesity rate to 27.2% in 2013 compared to 26.2% in 2012, which claimed surpassing “all annual average obesity rates since… 2008”. It is indisputable that there is a strong relationship between obesity and a number of diseases including type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and much more (Smeltzer et al., 2010). Now that said, the question that imposes itself is that why the previous steps taken by all Americans, whether on the institutional or individual level, were relatively unsuccessful in decreasing the obesity rate or at least keep it steady? If awareness campaigns in health care facilities, public transportation and schools were relatively inefficient in lowering the rate of obesity for the past years, what else could be done to alleviate the acuity of the problem? Is the problem directly related to individuals, health or education institutions, the whole society or a combination of all? As health care professional, patients’ advocates and educators, what is our role as nurses to bring some positive changes to this matter? To what extent, can we positively influence our patients to become fit or even prevent them from falling in the obesity trap? This paper will explore the aforementioned questions and suggest possible interventions that  nurses might consider in order to contribute to the alleviation of the issue and its impact on economy, health care system and individuals.

Keywords:
Obesity in America; Media; policy; nursing implication; statistics; diet
CINAHL Headings:
Obesity--Epidemiology--United States
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2015
Citation:
Boualaoui, I. (2015). Obesity in America. Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. Retrieved from: http://www.nursinglibrary.org/vhl/handle/10755/580240
Description:
This document is also available on ResearchGate as posted on that website by the author on 16 April, 2015. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4458.4480
Note:
This work has been approved through a peer-review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.evidence.levelLiterature Reviewen
dc.research.approachN/Aen
dc.titleObesity in Americaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBoualaoui, Ihsaneen
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Phien
dc.author.detailsIhsane Boualaoui, BSN, RNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/580240en
dc.description.abstract<p>During recent years, tremendous efforts have been made to combat the issue of obesity. Health care professionals warned of the danger of obesity and its negative effects on the individuals’ health. Policy makers sensed the heaviness of the issue and its impact on the economy. Government, medical experts, researchers, health care team members and even individuals implemented many strategies to address this matter. Yet, statistics reflected a constant increase in obesity trends throughout the country. Sharpe (2013) reported an increase in adult obesity rate to 27.2% in 2013 compared to 26.2% in 2012, which claimed surpassing “all annual average obesity rates since… 2008”. It is indisputable that there is a strong relationship between obesity and a number of diseases including type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and much more (Smeltzer et al., 2010). Now that said, the question that imposes itself is that why the previous steps taken by all Americans, whether on the institutional or individual level, were relatively unsuccessful in decreasing the obesity rate or at least keep it steady? If awareness campaigns in health care facilities, public transportation and schools were relatively inefficient in lowering the rate of obesity for the past years, what else could be done to alleviate the acuity of the problem? Is the problem directly related to individuals, health or education institutions, the whole society or a combination of all? As health care professional, patients’ advocates and educators, what is our role as nurses to bring some positive changes to this matter? To what extent, can we positively influence our patients to become fit or even prevent them from falling in the obesity trap? This paper will explore the aforementioned questions and suggest possible interventions that  nurses might consider in order to contribute to the alleviation of the issue and its impact on economy, health care system and individuals.<em></em></p>en
dc.subjectObesity in Americaen
dc.subjectMediaen
dc.subjectpolicyen
dc.subjectnursing implicationen
dc.subjectstatisticsen
dc.subjectdieten
dc.subject.cinahlObesity--Epidemiology--United Statesen
dc.date.available2015-10-22T20:12:26Zen
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-22T20:12:26Zen
dc.identifier.citationBoualaoui, I. (2015). Obesity in America. Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. Retrieved from: http://www.nursinglibrary.org/vhl/handle/10755/580240en
dc.identifier.citationBoualaoui, I. (2015). Obesity in America. Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. Retrieved from: http://www.nursinglibrary.org/vhl/handle/10755/580240en
dc.descriptionThis document is also available on ResearchGate as posted on that website by the author on 16 April, 2015. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4458.4480en
dc.description.noteThis work has been approved through a peer-review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.en
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