March 2007, Volume 37 Number 3 , p 68 - 69
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 ...