HEALTH MATTERS: Battling obesity Small steps, big rewards

March 2007 
Volume 37  Number 3
Pages 68 - 69
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Mary A. Tozzo is a clinical nursing coordinator, clinical educator, and diabetes educator for Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach, Fla.

IS IT AN EPIDEMIC? Since 1980, the percentage of overweight and obese adults has doubled. An estimated 64% of American adults are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, some cancers, osteoarthritis, and gallbladder or liver disease. 1,2

In this article, I'll tell you how to determine if your patient is overweight or obese and how to screen for contributing factors. Then I'll teach you some simple steps to help your patient achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Let's start with nursing assessment basics.

Sizing up the problem

Treat your overweight patient with dignity and respect and make sure the environment is welcoming and comfortable ...

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