Obesity as a Major Challenge among Youth Population
Obesity is a boy condition associated with accumulation of fat making up to 20% of the total body weight. The condition increases the chances of one to contract diseases and other health conditions such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Obesity is common problem among youths aged between 16-30 years in New York City. Over 25% of youths in New Yolk are reportedly living with or at the risk of contracting obesity. This has been due to the overreliance on junk foods and reduced physical exercises (MacDonell et al., 2015). The current sedentary living among youths has made them to solely rely on junk foods which are easy to access and prepare. Therefore, obesity has grown to be a major challenge which has proved difficult to control.
Obesity in relation to Nursing Advanced Practice and Care
Caring for an obese patient is an advanced practice that instills an individual with intense nursing skills to boost their competency on the field. Obese patients may go through remedy operations such as: surgery, diet and food review, and creation of living standards goals. Therefore, as a n...
urse, assisting patients during such moments will help them to alter their living standards and to control the condition.
Nursing devises and implements measures aimed at controlling obesity among the youths and the entire family. Prevention and intervention of youthful obesity is, thus, a part of health promotion strategy. Nursing can influence programs for obesity patients’ care and prevention programs in the community.
Current Literature in Dealing with Youthful Obesity
Obesity was noted to have increased from 30.9-35% from the 2000-2012. In US today, over 38% people are overweight. About 25% of the current population is living with or has contracted obesity. In 2015, over 2.3 billion people in the world were reported to be living with obesity. Thus, obesity is a fatal condition that needs to be corrected in the shortest time possible. The World Health Organization has backed nursing sector to become influential in controlling the rising rate of obesity. According to Barkin, the number of obesity patients and those who are at a risk of contracting it is continuously increasing especially among youths and children (Barkin, 2013). Therefore, there is a need for nursing to adjust its care in a bid to overcome the situation. Basic interventions such as: improving nursing care access and promotion of obesity condition control as well as physical activities among youths should be emphasized.
Obesity Prevention Theoretical Framework
A theoretical framework aiming at obesity prevention should encompass the inclusion of interventions revolving around the prevention of the causes of the obesity. This will help to curb the root cause of obesity in the youthful population. Interventions will help the youthful population to learn about the importance of embracing healthy diets as well as physical exercises in a bid to control and prevent obesity (MacDonell et al.
2015). Initiatives such as physical activities promotion and nutrition training programs should be arranged in the city of New York in order to educate youths extensively. This should also involve the development of sporting facilities in the city in order to make the environment friendly and suitable for physical exercises (MacDonell et al., 2015). At the same time, social skills should be taught to the society at large. This will help in improving home-based care for obesity patients done by those living with them.
Experimental method of evaluation will be suitable in checking the workability of the intervention. This will encompass sending a few members of the nursing staff to the community to conduct obesity care to a few patients. Their results will be reviewed in terms of: cost, time, and other resources. This will help in determining effectiveness of the intervention and the budget.
- Barkin, S. L. (2013). The relationship between executive function and obesity in children and adolescents: a systematic literature review. Journal of obesity, 2013.
- MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Waters, D. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2015). Obesity in Older Adults: Prevalence, Health Risk and Management of Care Among Nursing Home Residents. Current Geriatrics Reports, 4(3), 211-220.