Obesity in pre-school children: Issues and challenges for community based child health nurses

Huntington, Annette D. and McKey, Anne (2005) Obesity in pre-school children: Issues and challenges for community based child health nurses. Contemporary Nurse, 18 1-2: 145-151.

Author Huntington, Annette D.
McKey, Anne
Title Obesity in pre-school children: Issues and challenges for community based child health nurses
Journal name Contemporary Nurse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-6178
1839-3535
Publication date 2005-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 18
Issue 1-2
Start page 145
End page 151
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maleny, Qld
Publisher EContent Management
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 1110 Nursing
111704 Community Child Health
Abstract Childhood obesity is becoming a topical issue in both the health literature and the popular media and increasingly child health nurses are observing preschool children who appear to be disproportionately heavy for their height when plotted on standardised growth charts. In this paper literature related to childhood obesity in New Zealand and internationally is explored to identify current issues, and the implications of these issues for nurses in community based child health practice are discussed. Themes that emerged from the literature relate to the measurement of obesity, links between childhood and adult obesity and issues for families. A theme in the literature around maternal perception was of particular interest. Studies that investigated maternal perceptions of childhood obesity found that mothers identified their child as being overweight or obese only when it imposed limitations on physical activity or when the children were teased rather than by referring to individual growth graphs. The implications for nursing in the area of child health practice is discussed as nurses working in this area need an understanding of the complex and often emotive issues surrounding childhood obesity and an awareness of the reality of people's lives when devising health promotion strategies.
Keyword Childhood obesity
Nursing
Health promotion
Community-based child health care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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