Is obesity a major health issue in the United States?Lorrie is 16 years old and 75 pounds overweight. Her father is an engineer who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Her mother is a chemist at the local hospital.

At a recent health science fair at her school, a student-led screening clinic documented Lorrie’s blood pressure at 140/92 mm Hg. (Learning Objectives: 2, 4)

a. Is obesity a major health issue in the United States?

b. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NCHS, CDC; BRFSS, 2012), how is obesity defined?

c. What risk factors should be explored for Lorrie’s father for cardiovascular disease?

d. Public health nurses use statistics to demonstrate the need for obesity program development and community interventions. According to CDC data in 2014, what data were identified about obesity in children and adults


 

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