The mission of the Society of Pediatric Nurses is to advance the specialty of pediatric nursing through excellence in education, research and practice. The following resources are designed to assist in establishing best practices and standards of care within the pediatric patient population.
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
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OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years (Ogden, Carroll, Kit & Flegal, 2014). According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey the prevalence of obesity among U. S. youth aged 2-19 years was 17.0% in 2011-2014. Overall, the prevalence of obesity among preschool-aged children (2-5 years) (8.9%) was lower than among school-aged children (6-11 years) (17.5%) and adolescents (12-19 years) (20.5%). In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2013).
Valerie Badgett, MSN, RN
SPN Education Committee: 04/2004
SPN Board of Directors: 4/2017