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CE: The Obesity Epidemic, Part 2 Nursing Assessment and Intervention

Budd, Geraldine M. PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP; Peterson, Jane Anthony PhD, RN, APRN, FAANP

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: January 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 1 - p 38–46
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000459630.15292.d5
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Overview Although there are many gaps in our understanding of the mechanisms underlying obesity, several nursing strategies have proven effective in combating this public health crisis. This article, the second in a two-part series, presents a theoretical framework to guide nursing assessment of affected patients and their families, thereby informing intervention. The authors discuss the effects of stigma and bias on the treatment of obesity; how to conduct a thorough assessment of an obese patient; the effectiveness of the most common lifestyle, pharmacologic, and surgical interventions for obesity; and issues to consider in the treatment of obese children. Part 1, which appeared in last month's issue, provided background on the epidemic; defined terms used in obesity treatment; and described pathophysiologic, psychological, and social factors that influence weight control.

This article, the second in a two-part series, presents a theoretical framework to guide nursing assessment of patients with obesity and their families, and reviews the most common lifestyle, pharmacologic, and surgical interventions.

Geraldine M. Budd is an associate professor and assistant dean for the Harrisburg campus in the Widener University School of Nursing, Harrisburg, PA, and Jane Anthony Peterson is a clinical associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Contact author: Geraldine M. Budd, gmbudd@widener.edu. The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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