This topic is a resource to help nurses take action to become more informed about obesity and to position themselves as role models and educators for their families, communities, and patients. The five articles offer the reader a comprehensive overview of overweight and obesity and include such topics as best nursing practices with practical information for patient care, the pediatric obesity epidemic, obesity in older adults, an overview of bariatric surgery, and best practices for safe patient handling. Each author seeks to maximize the ability of nurses to assist patients toward attaining a healthier life style through education, sensitivity, and knowledge of best practices.
The journal editors invite you to share your response to this OJIN topic. We welcome submission of manuscripts and letters to the editor for additional dialogue regarding obesity epidemic and ways that nurses can be agents of change as our society addresses this ongoing challenge!
Overview and Summary
- Obesity: An Emerging Concern for Patients and Nurses
Susan Gallagher Camden PhD, MSN, MA, RN, CBN (January 31, 2009)
- Advocating for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity: A Call to Action for Nursing
Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN; Marleyse Borchard, MPH (January 31, 2009)
- Obesity in Older Adults
Ann Mabe Newman, DSN, APRN, CNE (January 31, 2009)
- Weight-Loss Surgery
Nancy J. Kaser, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Aniko Kukla, MSN, RN (January 31, 2009)
- Essentials of a Bariatric Patient Handling Program
Marylou Muir, RN, COHN; Gail Archer-Heese, BEd, O.T.Reg (MB) BMR (January 31, 2009)
General Letters to the Editor
- Letter to the Editor by Shin-Yu, Lien to Advocating for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity: A Call to Action for Nursing
Angela Shin-Yu, Lien, RN, MS (April 2, 2012)
- Letter to the Editor by Young to Obesity in Older Adults
Cynthia Young (August 1, 2011)
- Letter to the Editor by Michelle Baek to “Advocating for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity: A Call to Action for Nursing”
Michelle Baek, BSN, RN (December 22, 2010)
- Letter to the Editor from K. Jones on Obesity on the Rise: What Can Nurses Do?
K. Jones (December 9, 2009)