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Correlation Between Childhood Obesity and Glycosylated Hemoglobin in Children 12 Years of Age Of The School Lic. Isidro Fabela (Published)

In the present work was carried out as an object the analysis of correlation between childhood obesity and the glycosylated hemoglobin, taking as a case study to two school groups from sixth grade to perform anthropometric measurements, plicometría, takes blood pressure and glycosylated hemoglobin, thus obtaining as a result 6 children with childhood obesity (4 boys and 2 girls), and a glycosylated hemoglobin average of 5.2%, with a minimum of 5.1% and a maximum of 5.4%, giving as a result that the value of glycosylated hemoglobin is not a significant fact to diagnose a metabolic syndrome, the average of greater impact in children with obesity is the blood pressure, in where the diastolic presented an elevation with respect to the normal parameters, subsequently the fat percentage with respect to children, we have a greater variation of 6%, where particularmnente accumulated in the abdominal area, which indicates a central obesity. It is important to note that children generally have acanthosis nigricans which implies a resistance to insulin.

Keywords: Childhood Obesity, body mass index, glycosylated hemoglobin

Weight-Related Perceptions and Self-Reported Lifestyle Behaviors among Black Nurses in the United States (Published)

Obesity is a growing epidemic for both the general population and nursing profession.  50% of nurses are overweight or obese (Miller, Alpert, & Cross, 2008), with more than 40% of Black women obese in 2008 (CDC, 2011).  This descriptive study examined weight-related perceptions and lifestyle behaviors of Black nurses (N=41) living in the US. Participants were recruited from the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at Kean University.  IRB-approved Informed Consent was obtained before completion of a 13-item questionnaire assessing weight perceptions and lifestyle behaviors.  Body Mass Index (BMI; kg/m2) assessed weight (women, n = 33, M = 28.64, SD = 5.58; men, n = 8, M = 26.60, SD = 5.58). Mean BMI for US born nurses was 27.88  1.78 and 28.57  1.31 for non US born, not statistically significant at t = – 3.18, p = .752. 41% of the group perceived their weight as normal.  A negative correlation (r = -.41, p =.008) existed between BMI and “Are you currently exercising?”  Findings reinforce the need for additional study to understand whether current exercise reduces the BMI or whether those with increased BMI lack motivation to exercise.


Keywords: Attitudes, body mass index, body size, nurse-patient relations, obesity management, stereotypes

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