Obesity-related cardiovascular risk factors: intervention recommendations to decrease adolescent obesity.

Comprehensive Health Services, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899, USA.
Journal of Pediatric Nursing (Impact Factor: 0.92). 03/2005; 20(1):3-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2004.12.001
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ABSTRACT The incidence of adolescent obesity is increasing dramatically in the United States with associated risks of hypertension, adverse lipid profiles, and Type II diabetes. Unless reversed, this trend predicts an epidemic of adult cardiovascular disease. Interventions at home, at school, and in the community are required to empower teens to increase physical activity and to modify eating habits. This article describes assessment for obesity-related health problems as well as scientific guidelines and research-based intervention strategies to decrease obesity in adolescents.

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