Health Assessment of Children′s Weight

Discussion: Health Assessment of Children′s Weight Body 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.

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