NURS6512wk3initialpost - NURS 6512N-11 Advanced Health Assessment WEEK 3 INITIAL DISCUSSION POST Overweight 5-year-old boy with overweight parents

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NURS 6512N-11: Advanced Health Assessment WEEK 3 INITIAL DISCUSSION POST Overweight 5-year-old boy with overweight parents Health Issues and Risks In the state of Michigan 18.2% of youth ages 10-17 years old are overweight and 12.4 percent are considered obese, compared to the U.S. percentage of 15.3 overweight and 16.4 obese. (National Survey of Childrens Health, 2007). Being overweight as a child can lead to many negative risk factors. One risk factor Lifshitz (2008) reported was that overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight adults and this increases to 80% if 1 or both parents are overweight. There are also health concerns in obese children. Pediatric obesity is associated with physical, psychological, and economic consequences that can lead to negative outcomes such as depressive symptoms, sleep apnea, asthma, exercise intolerance, gallstones, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, orthotic problems, heart disease, eating disorders, early puberty, elevated liver enzymes, or behavior and learning problems (Sahoo et. al., 2015). Additional Information Needed Additional information needed would be the child's current BMI and his growth chart. Tracking the change of the BMI over time may identify nutritional problems and would determine if a large weight gain happened in a short period of time or if the excessive weight gain happened gradually (Ball, Dains, Flynn, and Solomon, 2015).
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