Healthy Living Interventions Essay

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The following presents an analysis of previous research conducted about healthy living interventions and their effectiveness in changing exercise and eating habits of individuals or reducing the prevalence of obesity within a community. Previous research shows that while nutrition focused programs have only been implemented in large populations, these interventions are associated with reduced rates of obese adults (Roos, Lean, & Anderson, 2002; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2010). Furthermore, exercise based interventions are considered highly effective for inducing weight loss in obese individuals (Anderson et al., 2001; Shaw et al., 2009). However, no studies compared the effectiveness of nutritional only …show more content…
Nurses are uniquely suited for working within the community, as health promotion is a fundamental aspect of nursing care (Truglio-Londrigan & Lewenson, 2010). With the rising medical costs of obesity reaching almost $150 billion, there is an urgency to prevent this public health crisis from growing (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Lean Works!, 2010). Interventions such as this proposed study are necessary to improve the health outcomes of this nation and as over 30% of American adults are considered to be obese, action should be undertaken now (Flegal, Carroll, Ogden, & Curtin, 2010). Furthermore, nurses must implement therapeutic interventions to alter lifestyles, as those affected by obesity need compassionate and effective care. As the obesity epidemic has grown, so too have the experiences of “obese” people become more influential on nursing practice. Thomas, Hyde, Karunaratne, Herbert, & Komesaroff (2008) qualitatively evaluated the experiences of obese people, and showed that these people had all attempted weight loss and commonly experienced social rejection or disapproval related to their weight and body mass index (BMI). Thomas et al. (2008) also found that the participants used the word “hurt” often when describing childhood

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