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Running head: PATHOPHARMACOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONSKaye TudoracheC155 - Pathopharmacological Foundations in Advanced Nursing PracticeObesity July 21, 2019
PATHOPHARMACOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONSA. Investigated Disease ProcessObesity is a disease that does not discriminate against age, ethnicity, or gender. It has become such an enormous problem that our prior First Lady chose to tackle it, focusing on healthy nutrition in the schools, highlighting a huge vegetable garden at the White House, and educating people on how to overcome it starting from early in life. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in their data brief from October 2017, “obesity is associated with serious health risks” (Hales, Carroll, Fryar, & Ogden, 2017). As a Home Health nurse, I see people every day with weight issues. Home Health, however, is called in to help these people with other issues such as diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, cancer, and mobility issues related to arthritis. The challenge we have in my industry is that we are asked to help our patients with the above-mentioned diseases when often if the focus could be on the patient’s obesity, we could likely help them control the other diseases.With obesity running in my family and watching my mother and uncle both face health challenges with hypertension and diabetes related to their obesity, I developed a passion to control my own weight and help others to do the same. I eventually lost my mother to cancer andmy uncle to diabetes with chronic kidney failure related to his obesity so the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in turn a healthy weight became even more important. I understand well that this is easier said than done. According to NHCS, obesity has a prevalence of 39.8% and the rate is higher amongst those aged 40-59 at 42.8% over those aged 20-39 at 35.7% (Hales, Carroll, Fryar, & Ogden, 2017). Though the rates do vary by ethnicity, all
PATHOPHARMACOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONSare affected significantly. Obesity impacts all of society, crossing socio-economic and ethnic lines without discrimination, putting everyone in the country at risk. There are few health issues that can affect all people and cause so many other diseases, so it is extremely important to study and discuss this devastating disease. The main reason it is important to discuss and study obesity is that so many do not see obesity as a disease. It is seen as a “choice”. Society looks upon the obese as weak people who cannot control themselves rather than seeing them as people who are suffering from a debilitating disease. If society can change their attitude about obesity and focus on supporting and helping those with this disease, we can reduce its incidence and help create a healthier society.