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  1. Introduction.
    1. Our eating habits according to Kopelman.
  2. Overview.
  3. Causes.
    1. Development of theories on hunger and eating patterns.
    2. Heredity as a factor in obesity.
  4. Consequences of obesity.
  5. Issues.
  6. The nurse's role in prevention and treatment of obesity.
  7. Summary and Conclusion.

In the year 2002, America watched closely as Samuel Hirsch, a lawyer from the federal court of Manhattan, filed a lawsuit against McDonalds. Hirsch filed a complaint against the famous fast-food chain accusing the company of violating the state of New York consumer fraud statutes by intentionally deceiving its clients of the healthiness of their fast-food products (BBC News, 2002). However, much to Mr. Hirsch desire to extend it to a class action suit, Judge Sweet dismissed the case citing the frivolity of its reasons. According to Judge Sweet, the understanding the deep fried burger patties and French fries as something as naturally healthy is absurd (BBC News, 2002). He even stated that the state of obesity does not develop overnight implying that the health hazards of fast-food is disclosed publicly and it is to the consumer's consciousness and responsibility to take care of themselves (BBC News, 2002).

[...] Retrieved May 10,2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2502431.stm BBC Misra. A et. al. (2001). Relation between plasma leptin and anthropometric and metabolic covaries in lean and obese diabetic and hyperlipdaemic Asian Northern Indian Subjects. Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolism 18-26. ?Obesity Basics?. (1990). Retrieved May http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content2/obesity.html Pinel, J.P. (2006). Biopsychology. Boston: Pearson. Santrock, J.W. (2007). Life-Span Development. Dallas, Texas: McGraw-Hill. Schwimmer J.B et al. (2003). Health Related Quality of Life of Severely Obese Children and [...]


[...] Also, Lohman (1987) suggests that it is more accurate to determine obesity in children using skinfold measure than the 2 methods mentioned previously. Causes Years of research have developed theories in hunger and eating patterns. To date, the dominant view is made by the set point theory of eating by Keesey and Powley (1975). According to the latter, the area of the brain called the hypothalamus sets our weight. They argue that this theory justifies the tendency of people who are likely to become overweight; to fall off their dietary needs (Franken, 2005). [...]


[...] In terms of legal issues, there has been a pressing issue surrounding early genetic testing for children who are vulnerable to obesity in the future (Segal et.al, 2004). The nurse's role in prevention and treatment of obesity To date, current studies show that the major impediments to treating childhood obesity prevention involve parental attitudes, American Lifestyle, and the scarcity of resources for both the nurse practitioner and the family (Larsen et. al., 2006). This study further conducted studies to assess the existing prevention practices of nurses and the following results were obtained: nurses currently in family or geriatric practice weren't systematically using proper methods in childhood obesity screening, in particular the use of the BMI-for-age-index; Registered nurses in family or geriatric practice were active in educating parents in promoting healthy food choices and exercise in their families. [...]

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