HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN’S WEIGHT 1
HEALTHASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN’S WEIGHT
Parents have a responsibility of providing their children with goodnutrition because it helps them to grow healthy, learn, and minimizehealth issues. However, nutritionists have trouble in obtaininginformation from parents when assessing the health of children(Detels, 2015). They thus need to understand weight issues infamilies. The paper shall be considering the example of a 5-year oldboy whose parents are overweight by identifying the health issues andrisks involved and then provide strategies of being proactive abouttheir child’s health and weight.
Overweight children are exposed to health issues and risks. Anoverweight 5-year old boy is at risk of contracting chronic diseasessuch as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and heart-relatedcomplications because of the high cholesterol levels in their bodies(Lerner, Bornstein & Leventhal, 2015). They are also likely todevelop low self-esteem when ridiculed by friends. To gain a fullunderstanding of an obese 5-year old health, a nurse would need tofind out the diet of the child, how he spends his leisure time andsocialization with others. Parents may not understand the relevanceof the questions. Therefore, the specific questions that one wouldneed to ask include what does the boy eat on a typical day. Howoften does the boy engage in physical activities? Does the childspends more time with friends or prefers his company?
Parents or caregivers need to be proactive in improving the health oftheir children. One of the ways they can achieve good health isthrough family involvement. The overweight parents must set goodexamples by modifying their diet as well as that of their child(Marotz, 2014). They should also be committed to changing theirlifestyle. Another strategy involves promoting increased physicalactivity (Waters, et al., 2010). The parents can enroll ingyms and encourage their children to play games like football duringtheir leisure time. The family can also attend swimming together toimprove their weight while enjoying one another’s company.
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