Discussion: Health Assessment of Children’s WeightBody measurements

Discussion: Health Assessment of Children’s WeightBody measurements

can provide a general picture of whether a child is receiving adequate nutrition or is at risk for health issues. These data, however, are just one aspect to be considered. Lifestyle, family history, and culture—among other factors—are also relevant. That said, gathering and communicating this information can be a delicate process.For this Discussion, you will consider examples of children with various weight issues. You will explore how you could effectively gather information and encourage parents and caregivers to be proactive about their children’s health and weight.
To prepare:

-Consider the following examples of pediatric patients and their families:Overweight 5-year-old boy with overweight parents
-Slightly overweight 10-year-old girl with parents of normal weight
-5-year-old girl of normal weight with obese parents
-Slightly underweight 8-year-old boy with parents of normal weight
-Severely underweight 12-year-old girl with underweight parents
-Select one of the examples on which to focus for this Discussion. What health issues and risks may be relevant to the child you selected?
-Based on the risks you identified, consider what further information you would need to gain a full understanding of the child’s health. Think about how you could gather this information in a sensitive fashion.
-Consider how you could encourage parents or caregivers to be proactive toward the child’s health.By Day 3Post an explanation of the health issues and risks that are relevant to the child you selected. Describe additional information you would need in order to further assess his or her weight-related health. Taking into account the parents’ and caregivers’ potential sensitivities, list at least three specific questions you would ask about the child to gather more information. Provide at least two strategies you could employ to encourage the parents or caregivers to be proactive about their child’s health and weight.

Required Reading

Seidel, H. M., Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2011).History subjective data checklist. In Mosby’s guide to physical examination (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby. (PDF) This History Subjective Data Checklist was published as a companion to Seidel’s guide to physical examination (8th ed.), by Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., & Flynn, J. A. Copyright Elsevier (2015). From https://evolve.elsevier.com/Gibbs, H., & Chapman-Novakofski, K. (2012). Exploring nutrition literacy: Attention to assessment and the skills clients need. Health, 4(3), 120–124.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases. This study explores nutrition literacy. The authors examine the level of attention paid to health literacy among nutrition professionals, and the skills and knowledge needed to understand nutrition education.Martin, B. C., Dalton, W. T., Williams, S. L., Slawson, D. L., Dunn, M. S., & Johns-Wommack, R. (2014). Weight status misperception as related to selected health risk behaviors among middle school students. Journal of School Health, 84(2), 116–123. doi:10.1111/josh.12128 Retrieved from the Walden Library Databases.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Childhood overweight and obesity.Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/ This website provides information about overweight and obese children. Additionally, the website provides basic facts about obesity and strategies to counteracting obesity.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). Clinical growth charts.Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm This website provides basic information on clinical growth charts. The website also supplies clinical growth charts for up to age 20.

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