Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Department

College of Nursing

Sub-Department

Nursing Practice

First Advisor

Stephanie Burgess

Abstract

Childhood obesity is defined as the child's BMI above the 95th percentile. Obesity in children can vary in severity ranging from at risk for overweight, to overweight, to obese. Current best practice guidelines recommend incorporating physical activity, diet, and behavioral interventions for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Regrettably, information and instruction on the lifestyle changes for physical activity, diet, and other behavioral modifications are often disseminated incorrectly, delayed, underutilized or ignored in the primary care setting. Furthermore, pediatric outcomes vary depending on the guideline. In order to recommend the optimal treatment guideline for child and adolescent obesity, the literature was critiqued and synthesized. A final recommendation was developed for implementation in a primary care setting.

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