Obesity is one of the most serious health problems facing the youth of the United States. Evidence suggests that the problem is getting worse rapidly. Obesity is now the most prevalent physiological and psychological disease of children and adolescents. Many people; i.e., governmental authorities and national leaders in the health care system perceived that obesity will impact health care in the United States, as well as in the world, now and in the future; specifically, increased cost, increased individual and community health infractions, problems, and quality of life. Many people think it is a cosmetic problem only, but in reality, it is linked to multiple health problems; such as, but not limited to, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and psychosocial dilemmas. Advanced nurse practitioners are in the greatest position to help individuals and families, due to their extensive theoretical and practice background. For the advanced nurse practitioner, the process of dealing with the problem of obesity can be overwhelming to address thoroughly. Primary prevention has emerged as the best intervention, rather than dealing with secondary and tertiary repercussions. The purpose of this Evidence Based Practice (EBP) study was to impute in the Advanced Nurse Practitioner, the importance of primary prevention, and management, should this become necessary, regarding the monumental issue of childhood obesity.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Dr. Brenda Smith
Johnson, Pamela, "The Role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of Obesity in Children" (2006). MSN Research Projects. 44.