Association of maternal obesity and childhood obesity: implications for healthcare providers

Author: Durand, Edith F.; Logan, Cynthia; Carruth, Ann

Description: The purpose of this critical appraisal was to assess the available literature on the association of maternal obesity as a risk factor for childhood obesity and to explore the implications for incorporating this evidence into practice. The increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, with its documented adverse health effects, is a critical public health threat in the United States and worldwide. Research studies have documented increased rates of childhood obesity associated with maternal obesity. Healthcare providers are challenged to expand their competencies to recognize the association of maternal obesity and childhood obesity and to address both primary and secondary prevention of childhood obesity. Stopping the cycle of obesity before it becomes the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States is a priority for community health nurses.

Subject headings: Adult; Attitude to Health; Child; Child Nutrition Disorders; Community Health Nursing; Cross-Sectional Studies; Epidemiologic Studies; Feeding Behavior; Female; Health Education; Health Knowledge; Attitudes; Practice; Humans; Life Style; Models, Psychological; Mothers; Nurse’s Role; Obesity; Preconception Care; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications; Prenatal Care; Prevalence; Risk Factors

Publication year: 2007

Journal or book title: Journal of Community Health Nursing

Volume: 24

Issue: 3

Pages: 167-176

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Serial number: 3205

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