Discussion: Obesity: A Global Health Concern
Obesity is a continuing challenge for citizens and health care providers in the United States, as you likely know. Obesity can lead to numerous chronic health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Childhood diabetes is also increasing at a disconcerting rate, which will lead to an increased health care burden within a few short years. Current estimates set the cost of obesity on the U.S. health care system at $147–$210 billion per year (The State of Obesity, 2016). Think about this week’s media as you take a moment to consider obesity as a burgeoning global challenge.
To prepare for this Discussion:
· Compare rates of obesity in the United States to other developed and also developing countries. Think about how health issues resulting from obesity compare as well.
· Reflect on health promotion and prevention strategies that nurses can implement.
· Contemplate the ethical, cultural, economic, political, and environmental issues a nurse should consider when developing a primary obesity health prevention strategy.
INSTRUCTIIONS FOR DISCUSSION
-Post an obesity health promotion and prevention strategy a nurse could implement for a specific cultural group in the United States.
-Then, modify your message for use in one other country, being sensitive to the cultural nuances of the country you select.
-Describe why you chose to take the approach you did in your strategies and explain any challenges you anticipate a nurse may encounter when trying to implement these strategies.
-Support your response with references from the professional nursing literature.
Note Initial Post: A 3-paragraph (at least 350 words) response. Be sure to use evidence from the readings and include in-text citations. Utilize essay-level writing practice and skills, including the use of transitional material and organizational frames. Avoid quotes; paraphrase to incorporate evidence into your own writing. A reference list is required. Use the most current evidence (usually ≤ 5 years old).