Childhood Obesity: Sharing the Responsibility, Not the Blame
5.76 Contact Hours

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Written by: Carolyn O'Reilly-Beck

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Learning Objectives

Childhood Obesity

After completing this course, participants should be able to:


Childhood obesity is not a new issue. As nurses we are well aware of this serious public health concern. Professional nurses witness first-hand the effects of childhood obesity as they treat children in emergency rooms, primary care offices, school clinics and other settings. Preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles are standards of nursing practice - fundamental to almost everything nurses do in patient and community education (Jones 2010). And as nurses we recognize the magnitude of the childhood obesity issue and the implications for the obese child. We fervently educate families about the importance of making healthy food choices and the benefits of exercising regularly. But as we look around us, we can see that the issue of childhood obesity continues to be one of our nation's greatest health dilemmas.

Healthy People 2010 identified overweight and obesity as leading health indicators and set measurable goals for reducing childhood obesity to 5% and reducing adult obesity (over age 20) to 15% and reducing child obesity 10% from the 2005-2008 levels by 2020 (Healthy People 2010). In 2004, the Progress Review of Healthy People 2010 addressed nutrition and overweight and, paradoxically, reported an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity for all age groups in the United States (Budd 2008).

What are the reasons for this lack of progress in combatting childhood obesity? Everyone seems to have their own opinion. Many people blame parents for not teaching healthy eating habits to their kids. Others suggest that the school districts are to blame for eliminating or reducing physical education classes and for not offering healthier foods in the cafeteria. So who really is to blame; the parents for being poor role models? The fast food industry? The food companies and their never-ending marketing campaigns aimed at kids? Do we blame it on the fast paced life-styles so many families live? Are the schools at fault for serving meals high in fat, carbohydrates and calories as a way to cut costs? In truth, every one of these things contributes in some way to the childhood obesity problem that plagues us today.